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Package Pick-up Club: Chinese College Girl Sets Up Successful Business

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A service that lets college students pick up your packages and buy your groceries – it is a business model that proved successful for the female student Xue Jing, who now manages a team of 30 students who all work as ‘package pick-up staff’.

On December 1st, Sina News reported how one college girl from China’s Henan province has set up a successful company by picking up people’s packages. With China’s thriving e-commerce, the package business is hot business.

In 2015, college student Xue Jing (薛静) from Zhengzhou noticed how people had to go out in all weather to pick up their delivery packages at crowded pickup points. It gave her the idea that people might want someone else to do it for them. With the help of a teacher, she started her own company where a team of college students runs errands for others.

Now, Xue Jing has around 30 people working for her. With a public WeChat account, the company, that is named Pao Pao (跑跑, “run run”), can be easily contacted for errands. Besides picking up packages, the students can also do groceries for their customers.

Pao Pao’s students attend classes during the day and are available to pick up some packages in the late afternoon or evening. Xue Jing told Sina News that by doing so, they can earn around a 1000 rmb (±145$) in extra earnings per month.

According to Sina, companies like Pao Pao are becoming more ubiquitous now, with other universities having similar services. It is referred to as a “run errands economy” (跑腿经济).

Nowadays, many Chinese universities and neighborhoods have so-called “delivery pick up points” where people can pick up their packages, or take them out of automated slots. Some pickup points have long waiting lines.

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For some apartment buildings, these points are within their building, but for other communities, the points might not be that nearby. (Check out our video below to see how this works:)

The story of Pao Pao became a hot topic on Weibo, where many netizens appreciate the business model: “This is perfect for lazy people with money.”

Other do not see it as a novelty: “We had this in Chengdu 8 years ago. I even used it once.”

“Our university also has this. They charge 1 RMB for 1 package, so I don’t actually know how they make money,” another Weibo user comments.

“It actually is quite difficult to be poor in China nowadays,” another netizen says: “There are just so many ways to make money.”

– 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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One Dead, 17 Injured in Guangxi Kindergarten Knife Attack

News of a brutal kindergarten attack in Guangxi has shocked Chinese netizens.

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A brutal attack on a kindergarten in the city of Beiliu, Guangxi Province, has left at least one dead and 17 people injured. (Update April 29: Two victims have now passed away due to the attack.)

The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 28, when a man stormed into the school with a knife and started stabbing the pupils and teaching staff. The man attacked at least 16 children and 2 teachers. Blurred videos of the scene showed injured children in the playground area, some sitting up and some lying on the floor.

The 25-year-old man from Guangxi’s Guannan village was arrested shortly after the attack and his motives remain unknown at this time. One video on Weibo shows the man being taken away by police. Some online rumors (unconfirmed) suggested the man was going through a divorce and that his wife works at the kindergarten.

Local authorities in Beiliu and Yulin are calling on people to donate blood while the hospital is treating those who were injured in the attack. Images shared on Weibo showed people lining up to donate blood.

In June of 2020, a similar kindergarten attack left 39 children and staff injured.

On Weibo, the incident has become a trending topic, with many people expressing anger and sorrow over the attack.

“Is this another ‘mental disorder’ [case]?” (“又是精神病?”) many commenters write.

“This news really breaks my heart. Those poor children have done nothing wrong, they are innocent,” one person writes. Many others write that they hope the man will be severely punished. “He should be executed on the spot,” some say, with others writing: “Having a mental disorder is not an excuse.”

By Manya Koetse

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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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