On September 7th, a man tried to leave a Harbin eatery after gulping down 10 yuan worth of food and not paying a mao for it. But, before he could get away, he was stopped by the owner.
However, more problems quickly arose as the man claimed to be from Korea and did not appear to speak much Chinese. When police arrived, he mostly mumbled incomprehensively before finally stuttering “I don’t have my wallet with me.”
In response, the officer asked to see his ID and threatened to send him back to his own country if he didn’t pay up.
At this point, the man was forced to come clean, admitting that he was actually a migrant worker from Lanxi County in western Heilongjiang province who had apparently fallen on hard times in the big city. After scolding him, police escorted the man to an assistance station.
On Weibo, netizens have questioned the man’s plan of action, commenting that, considering current tensions between China and Korea, he was lucky that he wasn’t forced to defend Seoul’s THAAD deployment.
“You say that you are Chinese, perhaps you’ll get to eat for free. You say you are Korean, there’s no way you won’t have to pay,” wrote one web user.
[Images via The Paper]
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