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Little Dog Chases Bus For Half an Hour, Becomes Trending

A little dog that chased a bus for over half an hour recently became a trending topic on Chinese social media.

Manya Koetse

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A little dog that chased a bus for over half an hour recently became a trending topic on Chinese social media. The incident caused much controversy, attracting thousands of comments and over 65 million views.

On the afternoon of September 4, one Weibo netizen called ‘I Love Your Smile’ (@喜欢你微笑123笑) was sitting on Line 1 of the public transport bus system in the city of Leshan (乐山) in Sichuan, when she photographed an unusual scene.

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Posting several pictures of the scene, she says:

I was taking the public transport today, when I saw this. It made me sad. The bus did not allow the dog on, and the owner would not get off. During the whole travel time of over half an hour, the dog followed his owner. When I got on the bus, he was beside it. When I got off the bus, the dog was still running alongside the bus.”

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The incident was taken over by many Chinese media, and was soon shared thousands of times, receiving countless reactions from angry netizens under the hashtag “Dog Chases Bus for Half an Hour’ (#狗狗紧追公交半小时#).

According to news outlets such as the Chengdu Business Newspaper, the bus did not allow to have the dog on board but the dog’s owner was on the bus because he had “a problem”, resulting in the dog running behind the bus for the complete travel time of 30 minutes. It was also confirmed that during the day of the incident, the bus was driving slow enough for the dog to keep up with it.

Many netizens condemned the dog’s owner for being cruel to his dog and not getting off the bus.

But the story took an unexpected turn on September 5, when another netizen named ‘Yellow Woods Take You Flying’ (@黄森特带你飞) claimed that this was their family dog named Xixi.

He expressed his anger about how the incident was depicted by the netizen taking the pictures, and he wrote: “She is still with us and is not being mistreated. We did not abandon her and we were not on the bus! I care about her more than any of you!” The alleged owner said the dog was not tied and would sometimes go chasing after female dogs. He again clarified that he was not on that bus.

He also posted several other photos of Xixi on his Weibo account to prove it was his dog.

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But many netizens would not accept the netizen’s explanation: “Do you mean there was a female dog on the bus?” some wonder. Other warned him that his dog would get quickly get run over if he let him roam around this way.

Meanwhile, the female netizen who originally posted the pictures also faced backlash from Weibo netizens, who were angry with her for writing the dog’s owner was on the bus, and spreading wrong information to Chinese netizens and media.

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The girl directed her response to alleged owner @黄森特带你飞, saying: “So you’re the dog’s owner, well let me tell you; 1. I am not interested in you, nor am I interested in making you look bad. I just care about your dog being safe. 2. I am sorry for causing a misunderstanding, it was not my intention. 3. Thanks for having such a cute dog. Don’t abandon him, don’t give him up.”

By now, the little dog has become famous as the topic has been viewed over 65 million times.

Although the topic initially became big due to netizens thinking it was animal cruelty, it has now also become hot for being “fake news” – originating from one single netizen, and quickly taken over by Chinese media.

In the end, most netizens are happy the dog is safe. And despite all controversy over what information is false or true, one thing that is not disputed is that Xixi apparently is a dog that really loves to run.

[UPDATE] On September 7, another Chinese netizen published pictures of a horse running on the freeway in Kunming around 14.30.

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According to media, cars slowed down when they saw the horse so it would not get injured. It is not yet clear who the owner of the horse is.

– 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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Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him

From bad to worse: this Eleme delivery man was run over by an ambulance after being hit by an SUV.

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On April 12, a delivery man in the city of Bozhou, Anhui province, was run over by an ambulance arriving at the scene of an accident where he had just been injured.

Shocking footage circulating on Chinese social media shows the delivery man lying in the middle of the road when the ambulance arrives and runs over his leg. The incident happened around 12:00 in the afternoon (link to video, viewer discretion advised).

While the delivery man already suffered injuries because he was hit by an SUV shortly before, things quickly went from bad to worse when the ambulance that was supposed to come to his rescue crushed his leg. The man is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Mengcheng county.

Statement on Weibo by the official Mengcheng county account (@蒙城发布).

According to recent news reports, the ambulance driver has currently been suspended and is under investigation.

The incident received a lot of attention on Weibo today, where the hashtag page discussing the double accident received over 150 million views (#外卖员被救护车二次碾压#).

Many comments relating to this incident are focused on the role of the traffic police at the scene of the accident, with people wondering why there was no guard standing next to the victim.

Thousands of commenters also address how sorry they feel for the victim, especially because the lives of many food delivery drivers – facing long working hours and low wages – is already tough enough.

According to Toutiao News (头条新闻), the delivery man works for Chinese food delivery giant Eleme. Wang Gang (王刚, alias) is approximately 30 years old and has a wife and a child. He had only been working for Eleme for a few months and reportedly did not have any prior accidents.

In Monday’s double accident, Wang suffered a mild skull fracture, seven broken ribs, and a fractured lower leg. He is in stable condition.

By Manya Koetse

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Video Showing Suihua Female Worker Hitting Deputy Director with a Mop Goes Viral on Weibo

The Suihua deputy director was attacked with a mop after female workers accused him of harassing them.

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A video showing a woman beating the director of her work department with a mop has gone viral on Chinese social media. The woman who posted the video accuses the office leader of harassing his female subordinates.

The incident took place on April 11th in the city of Suihua, Heilongjiang province. The man who was beaten in the video is Mr. Wang, the deputy director of the poverty alleviation department of the Beilin district of Suihua.

The 14-minute video shows a woman storming into Wang’s office while another woman is behind her, filming. The first woman initially goes to Wang’s desk and throws some stuff on the ground, before she asks the other woman to give her the mop. She then proceeds to hit Wang in the face and head with the mop multiple times. The other woman yells at Wang that she cannot put up with his harassing texts anymore.

At one point in the video, Wang claims he was “just joking,” but the woman claims he is guilty of harassing multiple women in the department. Local authorities investigated the case after the video went viral.

According to Chinese news reports, Mr. Wang has now been removed from his office and Party position for “lifestyle violations of discipline” (for more information on this, China Law Translate has translated the Chapter XI of the Chinese Communist Party Disciplinary Regulations here.)

The woman hitting Wang with the mop reportedly has not been punished for her actions due to “mental illness.”

On Weibo, many people praise the women for stepping up and rebelling against the deputy director, and fighting to protect themselves. Some people call it “courageous” and a “brave revenge.”

“Harassers deserve to be hit,” one commenter writes, with another person adding: “It is good that young people nowadays come forward against older and more powerful leaders.”

There are also people on Weibo who question the reported “mental illness” condition of the woman who hit Wang, with some suggesting she could have not been a state office worker if she suffered from serious mental issues. Others also denounce the fact that the woman was labeled this way, while allegedly having been harassed and finding no help after reporting it to the police. At the same time, a majority of commenters express relief that the woman will not face punishment for hitting Wang with the mop.

Since the outcome of the investigations has not been made public, some netizens demand to see the investigation’s conclusions to know if the official was indeed guilty of sexual harassment and why nothing was done about the female worker’s alleged reports to police about his behaviour.

Over the past year, the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace has been receiving more attention on Chinese social media. In March of this year, a Shanghai court awarded approximately $15,000 to a plaintiff in a sexual harassment suit against a colleague who had sent disturbing text messages to her over a period of six months (link). In December of 2020, a landmark court case of the female scriptwriter Zhou Xiaoxuan versus Chinese famous TV host Zhu Jun attracted major attention on social media.

By Manya Koetse, with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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