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Oh, Sh*t – Chinese Burglar Gets Caught After Pooping on Victim’s Floor

A very unusual court case: a Chinese burglar was caught after he pooped on the ground at his victim’s house. Thanks to the forensic DNA analysis of his faeces, he could be arrested for the burglary and 286 other cases of thefts.

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Chinese media are reporting about an unusual court case today. A Chinese burglar was caught after he pooped on the ground at his victim’s house. Thanks to the forensic DNA analysis of his faeces, he could be arrested for the burglary and 286 other cases of theft.

A 39-year-old man from Henan known as Zhang was put on trial today for multiple cases of theft and burglary. Beijing Times reports that the man had been an active criminal for the past 4 years, carrying out one robbery and a staggering 287 cases of theft.

During one of those cases, Zhang was breaking into a house when he needed to poop. As he stated at court, he “could not hold it” and had not stolen anything yet. He pooped right on the floor next to the victim’s bed.

Because the burglar had not removed his excrement, police were able to track him down through his faeces’ DNA. Zhang already had a criminal record and his DNA information was registered at the public security bureau.

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The suspect went to a Fangshan district Beijing court today – the charges against him counted a total of 79 pages for dozens of cases of theft he consistently carried out over the past years. Zhang stated that he was “tired of working”, and that he used the money he stole for food and for “watching movies at the internet cafe.”

In 2008, Zhang was previously sentenced to 3 years in prison for theft. After completing his prison sentence, he left his hometown in Henan province for Beijing, where he started working together with his wife.

Because the job was “tiring”, Zhang started to go out stealing, entering people’s homes during nighttime, and taking anything he could steal, from money to jewelry, but also shoes and music instruments. The crimes all took place in the same rural area.

On social media, many Chinese netizens find the news amusing. “Poor civil police,” one netizen remarks: “They still had to take the DNA out of his shit!”

“The moral of this story is that we should not poop on the floor,” another netizen remarks.

There are also people who wonder about the legal aspect of this case: “Unless he confessed to the other 286 cases of theft, how can the judge prove he did it? Did he poop 286 times?”

According to Beijing Times, the judgement of the court still needs to come out.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Children of Hubei Medical Workers to Receive 10 Extra Points on High School Enrolment Examination

Hubei officials announced a controversial measure to reward frontline medical workers.

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Hubei authorities announced new measures on Tuesday to encourage and support the work of Hubei’s front-line medical workers during the coronavirus crisis.

One of these measures, rewarding the children of medical staff an extra ten points in their zhongkao examination, became a somewhat controversial top trending topic on Chinese social media today.

The zhongkao is an important academic examination in China taken during the last year of junior high school, right before entering education institutions at the senior high school level. These enrollment examinations are held annually in June or July, depending on the region.

A good mark on the exam is of crucial importance for many students, as it will give them admission to their preferred senior high school, which then could have more profound effects on their education after high school and their further career.

According to the new policy, children of Hubei’s medical workers would be rewarded with ten extra points on top of their overall score for the exams if they take it. Since the exams are highly competitive, every extra point could mean a world of difference since it will mean leaving hundreds of other students behind you.

On Weibo, one announcement of the new measure published by Chinese news source The Paper received over 938.000 likes and more than 11.000 comments. Many Weibo users do not agree with the policy.

“It should be the medical workers themselves who are rewarded through promotion or a salary increase,” a top comment says: “It shouldn’t be their children who are rewarded.”

Although a majority of commenters say that medical workers should be given special rewards in these times of hardships, most also agree that rewarding their children in their exam results is not the way to go. “This only makes the exam system more unfair,” a recurring comment says.

With 610 million views at the time of writing, the hashtag “The kids of Hubei frontline medical staff will get extra 10 points on zhongkao score” (#湖北一线医务人员子女中考加10分#) is one of the most-dicussed topics on Weibo of the day.

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Sudden Ground Collapse at Metro Station in Xiamen

A sudden collapse occurred near Xiamen’s Lucuo station, just two weeks after a similar incident took place in Guangzhou.

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In the evening of December 12, Xiamen’s Lvcuo (Lǚcuò 吕厝) metro station became a breaking news topic in Chinese media after a ground collapse incident occurred at a nearby intersection, followed by a major flood in the Xiamen subway.

Xiamen, Fujian Province, is one of China’s major coastal cities. According to Xiamen Metro News, the collapse happened at 21:52 local time.

At time of writing, rescue teams are still investigating the scene. It is unclear if people have been trapped or injured due to the collapse.

An apparent dashcam video shared by Sina News and People’s Daily on Weibo shows the moment right before the sudden collapse.

The video captures how the road is relatively busy at the time of collapsing, and at least one car can be seen crashing into the sinkhole.

Other footage shows that the Xiamen metro line is currently flooded (also see video in this tweet).

The scene of the collapse at 0:10 local time.

The metro station where this incident occurred is relatively new. Xiamen’s metro line was first opened in late December 2017.

Just two weeks ago, another major ground collapse accident occurred at the construction site of a metro line in Guangzhou. Three people remain missing after the incident.

On Thursday night local time, the Xiamen metro collapse was the number one trending topic on social media platform Weibo. Many netizens commenting on the incident express worries about the safety of roads and construction sites in China.

Update (Dec 13): According to the latest Chinese media reports, the drivers of two cars who were at the scene at the moment of the ground collapse have both been recused. One female pedestrian who also fell into the sinkhole is receiving medical treatment..

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