On Sunday afternoon, a man in Hunan was almost killed by an oncoming train when another passenger pushed him off the platform as revenge for repeatedly spitting on the floor.
Subway passengers have got into fights over spitting before, but none of those scuffles ever got as dangerous as this one, instigated by a 34-year-old man surnamed Li. He said that he had been watching a 48-year-old man surnamed Tan repeatedly spit on the ground, all the way from the waiting room to the platform. Li felt that the spitting was insulting, and took justice into his own hands by pushing Tan in front of an approaching train, Rednet reports.
Tan made a narrow escape by quickly jumping off the rails after falling over a meter from the platform. Li has been detained by police for causing intentional injury.
Reporters quote Tan as saying that he could have lost his life if he hadn’t moved quickly. “I know spitting is a bad habit, but I didn’t mean to offend anyone. Now I won’t ever dare to spit again,” said Tan. Score one for vigilante manner justice?
Perhaps, China should think about adopting these same extreme methods. The Chinese government has been telling people not to spit since as early as the 1950s, but the results still leave much to be desired.
By Victor Fung
[Images via Sina]