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A Kuaidi’s Pain – Package Courier Severely Beaten for Being Five Minutes Late

An express courier from Zhuzhou, Hunan, has suffered permanent injuries after being severely beaten by the woman he was delivering a package to. According to multiple reports on Weibo, the courier – called kuaidi in China – was beaten for being five minutes late.

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An express courier from Zhuzhou, Hunan, has suffered permanent injuries after being severely beaten by the woman he was delivering a package to. According to multiple reports on Weibo, the courier – called kuaidi in China – was beaten for being five minutes late. Couriers in China often work long hours for low pay under unsafe conditions.

On July 28, courier Guo Junliang (郭君良1) from Zhuzhou phoned up a woman named Yan X. to tell her he was coming over with her package in 2-3 minutes. The woman, waiting at the bottom of the building, was so agitated when the courier arrived five minutes later than expected, that she started hitting him with her umbrella.

The story has attracted much attention on Weibo, where it momentarily became a top trending topic (#快递员迟到5分钟被打#) on July 31.

As the woman was beating the courier, another man at the scene reportedly came over and also started hitting and kicking the kuaidi. The abuse left Guo Junliang, who works for ZTO Express (中通快递), with permanent internal injuries. As a result, he is now suffering from incontinence.

 

“She beat him because the weather was ‘very hot’ and she was ‘on her period’.”

 

The woman told Chinese reporters that she lost her temper and beat him because the weather was “very hot” and because she was “on her period.” She also said she regretted the incident. Local police are now investigating the case.

On Weibo, many people are commenting on this story: “I often have couriers coming to my door, and I really appreciate how hard they work in high temperatures. We have to be more considerate of them,” a netizen named Lapkit said.

“This society is really sick. People only care about fulfilling their own desires, without considering the difficulties of others. Very selfish!”, another Weibo user wrote.

It is not easy being a courier in China, a country that has the world’s largest market for package delivery. Earlier this year, New York Times featured an article about the life of couriers in China.

 

“Nearly 25% of China’s couriers work over 12 hours a day, seven days a week.”

 

The article says there are around 1.2 million kuaidi , or express delivery, in China. They are mostly unskilled workers from China’s rural areas. Although nearly 25% of China’s couriers work over 12 hours a day, seven days a week, their work is often low-paid and unsafe.

Guo Junliang cried as he spoke to TV reporters from the hospital. “We are out in the burning sun for hours, and she says she is already tired from standing outside for 2-3 minutes. This behavior towards couriers really is abominable.”

Guo also said he still had received no apologies. Many commenters on Weibo said they found the incident “inconceivable.”

“Her phone number should be blacklisted by all delivery companies so that no kuaidi ever needs to serve her again,” many wrote.

By Manya Koetse

1 According to written media reports, the name is Guo Junliang (郭君良), but in his tv interview the courier was cited as Peng Junliang (彭君良).

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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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