Some fender benders end in expletive-laced exchanges of vitriol, others in the initiator receiving full college tuition.
Earlier this month, a first-year visual communications student at the Baoshan Academy School of Art and Design in Yunnan province absentmindedly nicked a parked Lexus with her motorbike. Rather than scratch and run, as any arts student fearing the wrath of China’s nouveau riche would be tempted to do, this citizen waited over an hour in the hot sun for the car’s owner to return. A straight shooter, if not particularly gifted at navigating straightaways, she owned up to her gaffe and braced herself for the consequences.
Her good faith was rewarded when the driver, touched by her honesty and willingness to quite literally sweat it out until he returned, opted not to pursue compensation. His friend was so impressed by her candor that he offered to pay all four years of her tuition.
In a text exchange shown by Pear Video, the student writes, “I’m so grateful to you for today. I’m an adult, and I recognize the responsibility that comes with that. I still haven’t told my family what happened. My parents are uneducated and from the countryside. They wouldn’t understand. I fear that if I told them they would only be anxious. Thanks so much for your leniency.”
“Your actions explain everything,” the driver replies. “Wishing you a happy and enriching life in college.”
It would appear that Lexus is an exception to the time-honored luxury vehicle joke, What’s the difference between a BMW/Porsche/[insert brand of choice] and a porcupine? The porcupine has pricks on the outside.
By Henry Knight
[Images via Pear Video]
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