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Dumb ‘Brother Pengci’ Caught on Tape: “No Money, No Windshield Wipers”

A peculiar case of ‘pengci’ was caught on camera. A man appears near the driver’s car, where he first leans over the hood of the car, then says he wants 500 RMB or he’ll break the windshield wipers.

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A peculiar case of pengci took place in Beijing this week. Pengci (碰瓷) is a widespread fraud in China that involves deliberately crashing cars and then wanting compensation. A man demanding money from a driver was caught on tape.

A strange case of blackmailing was caught on camera during Chinese New Year near Beijing’s Jinsong Bridge. A man appeared near the driver’s car, where he first leans over the hood of the car, then says he wants 500 RMB (76 US$) or he’ll break the windshield wipers. He can later be seen lying on the street before the car.

The man is now called ‘Dumbest Brother Pengci’ (最牛碰瓷哥). Pengci (碰瓷,literally: knocking over porcelain) is a type of widespread fraud in China where people deliberately crash against cars and then demand compensation, as can also be seen in the video below.

The video was shared by many netizens and news accounts on Weibo, where many netizens seem amused with the footage. There are also many who take it up more serious, and wonder why the police doesn’t do more to counter these type of practices, and why drivers are not better protected according to Chinese law. “Why doesn’t the driver immediately call the police?” one netizen wonders. “This guy is shameless, he deserves a slap in the face!” says someone else, responding on the thread by Legal Evening News. “If the police doesn’t do anything about this, then what do we pay taxes for?” one Weibo user wonders.

– By Manya Koetse

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Anger over Guangzhou Anti-Epidemic Staff Picking Locks, Entering Homes

While these Guangzhou homeowners were quarantined at a hotel, anti-epidemic staff broke their door locks and entered their homes.

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Dozens of homeowners in Guangzhou, Guangdong, were angered to find out the locks of their apartment doors were broken during their mandatory hotel quarantine.

The residents had gone to a quarantine location after a positive Covid case in their building. Afterward, anti-epidemic staff had entered their homes for disinfection and to check if any residents were still inside.

The incident happened earlier this month in an apartment complex in the Liwan district of the city.

The incident first gained attention on July 10 when various videos showing the broken door locks were posted online. During the morning, the property management had conducted an ’emergency inspection’ of 84 households. The doors were later sealed.

The case went trending again on July 18 when the residential district apologized to all homeowners for the break-ins and promised to compensate them.

“What’s the use of apologizing?” some Weibo commenters wondered. “Where is the law? If this even happens in Guangzhou now and people in Guangdong put up with this, what else will they dare to do in the future?”

On Chinese social media, most comments on the Guangzhou incident were about the break-ins allegedly being unlawful.

Media reporter and Toutiao author Kai Lei (@凯雷), who has over two million followers on Weibo, said the incident showed that those breaking in “had no regard for the law.”

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By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

 

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Shanghai Ruijin Hospital Stabbing Incident

The police opened fire and subdued the suspect, who stabbed at least four people at Shanghai’s Ruijin Hospital on Saturday.

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On Saturday July 9, a stabbing incident that occurred at Shanghai’s renowned Ruijin Hospital (上海瑞金医院) shocked Chinese netizens as videos showing the panic and chaos at the scene circulated in Wechat groups and on Weibo.

At around 11:30 AM the police department started receiving calls that there was someone stabbing people at the hospital, which is located in the city’s Huangpu district. At the scene of the incident, at the 7th floor of the outpatient clinic, they found a knife-wielding man holding a group of people hostage.

According to police reports, the police opened fire and subdued the suspect. Four people who were injured during the knife attack are now being treated, none of them are in a life-threatening situation.

The case is currently under investigation.

According to The Paper, Ruijin Hospital resumed its outpatient services at 14:08 this afternoon.

This is the second stabbing incident in Shanghai this week. On Monday, a man was arrested after going on a random stabbing spree in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.

While some Shanghai residents say the recent incidents made them feel less safe, others praise the fast police response to the incident.

One doctor from Shanghai posted on Weibo that hospitals should have proper security checks in place in order to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening again in the future.

By Manya Koetse
With contributions by Miranda Barnes

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