A rescue team which pulled the body of an infamous murderer out of a river is now asking for its reward from China’s ride-hailing leader.
In one of the biggest stories of last month in China, a 21-year-old flight attendant was killed on the way back home from the Zhengzhou airport by her Didi driver. News of the woman’s shocking murder broke as police were still trying to hunt down the suspect, leading to Didi Chuxing stepping forward and offering a 1 million yuan ($155,000) reward for information leading to his capture.
About a day later, on May 11th, a water rescue team in Zhengzhou found the killer, dead in a river, having apparently committed suicide after murdering his passenger.
Over the next few weeks, the case continued to make headlines as Didi implemented changes to make its services less susceptible to creeps, but it appeared that the reward had been forgotten about—until only recently when reports emerged that the rescue team had hired a lawyer to begin talking with Didi about securing the money.
“We did our duty for the public good, but Didi made a promise to the community,” the group’s leader explained.
Earlier today, Didi responded to the reports by saying that since more than one party had already tried to claim the reward, they were currently reviewing evidence to see how best to allocate the money.
Making things a bit more complicated, Didi had announced the 1 million yuan reward with a post on Weibo that it quickly took down after netizens criticized the company for what they saw as a rather tacky, face-saving response to the tragedy.
Still, it seems likely that Didi will be able to afford 1 million yuan in the name of a bit of good publicity. Despite its drivers’ predilection towards murder, molestation, and sexual harassment, the company is reportedly valued at around $80 billion.