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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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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.”

To read more about Covid-19 in China, check our articles here.

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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