For 200 yuan, cab driver returns lost cell phone
The front page of today’s Chutian Metropolis Daily features a big red headline: “For how many students will the gates to their dreams open today?” The story announces that the results of the gaokao, China’s highly competitive national university entrance examination, will be announced around noon today. Students will be able to check their results online or collect a results slip from their schools.
A second headline reads: “online speculation on the price of gold costs clients over 70 million RMB.” The article describes how, for the first time, 9 executives at a Hong Kong-based firm will be taken to trial for encouraging clients on the mainland to engage in online speculation over the price of gold, which earned the executives a hefty commission but eventually caused the investors to lose upwards of 70 million yuan. The trial will take place this week in Hubei province, in the Jingzhou city court.
At the bottom of the page, the cartoon picture shows a mean looking cabbie holding out a crying cell phone to a young girl, under the caption: “Give me 200 RMB and I’ll give you back your phone.” That caption basically sums up the story, which was based off some recent postings on Weibo. It seems a young girl accidentally left her cell phone in a cab and when she realized it was missing, called the phone. The cab driver answered and said he’d return the phone for 100 RMB. She agreed, but he then changed his mind and doubled the price. Eventually she agreed to pay up and received her phone back. The incident sparked a lively debate among Weibo users over the morality of the cab driver charging so much for the return of her phone. While some said it was wrong, others argued that the sum he asked for was much less than the phone was worth.
The Chutian Metropolis Daily is a daily newspaper under the Hubei Daily Group that features local, national and international news and current affairs, plus background reports on science, education and health.