Poor foreign beggar 'keeps borrowing money' on public buses in Changsha, and quite more successful than his Chinese peers

Updated:Fri, Aug 2, 2013 09:32 AM   By Bernd Chang

Foreign beggar,Laowai beggar

Without inserting a coin into the automatic ticketing machine, the foreigner showed a board saying “Help, wallet stolen, borrow 20 yuan” to the passengers one by one and asked for money in crude Chinese, according to a Weibo tweet, Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Laowai beggar is rarely seen in China, but it does happen sometimes. A foreigner was seen frequently begging on the No. 402 public bus in Changsha in central China’s Hunan province, A Weibo microblog reported on May 6.

 

Nobody will be startled to see Chinese beggars begging in subway, on public buses, and on the city streets, but if a white guy begs in China, it is something surprising since westerners are usually thought of living a comfortable life.

But it does happen sometimes, though very rarely.

A foreigner was seen frequently begging on the No. 402 public bus in Changsha in central China’s Hunan province, Weibo user @骑猪D王子 reported on May 6. And he called the public not to give money to him because the Laowai is possibly a professional beggar or a cheater.

“Changsha resident Mr. Tang took the No. 402 public bus to work in the morning. When the bus stopped at Liuchengqiao station, he noticed a tall Laowai getting on the bus. Without inserting a coin into the automatic ticketing machine, the foreigner showed a board saying “Help, wallet stolen, borrow 20 yuan” to the passengers one by one and begged for money in crude Chinese.” the Weibo of Changsha-based Sanxiang Metropolis Daily says.

And it is good chance for Chinese to show their newly found affluence and generosity. The Laowai beggar were apparently much luckier than his Chinese counterparts who are usually refused for asking for even less than one yuan.

“Because he is a foreigner, many passengers 'lent' money to him”, says @Sanxiang Metropolis Daily, ”But Mr. Tang saw the foreigner beggar on the same bus line begging money again at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.”

A manager of the bus company told Sanxiang Metropolis Daily that the foreigner has been a frequent passenger on the No. 402 public bus since last year and they could do nothing when seeing the poor Laowai begging for money in the same way.

A Chinese begging is not news, a foreigner kept begging for money for half a year is really big news in China. And Chinese netizens will not ignore the chance to leave their comments.

@唯伱昰菜:Aren’t many Chinese subservient to foreigners? Look, even foreigners have fallen to such conditions!

@汤肉肉小姐: I will visit the city petition office and ask Obama to take him back!

@快乐瓶子的家: Oh, this guy has got addicted in begging!

@静静桦桦:I suppose the foreign beggars make much more money than Chinese beggars since most Chinese worship foreign things and fawn on foreigners, even if they are foreign beggars.

@莫夫在嗯嗯:The Heavenly Kingdom has really been so mighty?

@出淤泥而不2963828801:Why is there no administrator for the foreign beggar? Why is the beggar so free just because he is a foreigner?

@一脚踩翻天:This kind of beggar is actually a cheater.

 

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