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Traffic Jam for One: Mercedes-Benz Trapped By Wet Cement in Guangdong

Posted: 04/11/2014 2:46 pm

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The harbingers of international diplomacy at the Daily Mail have given us their most recent exhibit yet: video of a Mercedes-Benz trapped in dried concrete after its driver attempted to pass through a street under construction in Guangdong.

The video shows the results of a persistent driver who wouldn’t stop. A long trail left by the driver shows the Mercedes-Benz kept sinking deeper into the wet concrete until it was finally trapped in place. Reported as having occurred at night when the driver ignored warnings not to drive down this road, the video shows workers trying to dig the car out with a jackhammer during the day long after the concrete had set.

Nine News World reports this instance of schadenfreude happened in Guangdong recently, a popular sentiment welcomed by Chinese netizens in the classless world of China that does not officially distinguish between the rich and the poor.

Here’s the video:

While “stuck in traffic” appears to be the go-to pun for titles by reporting news outlets, there’s still a few more left for those wanting to partake in schadenfreude appreciation:

  • That’s what you get for always having a middle-of-the-road opinion.
  • Ready! Set! Cement!
  • The Fast and the Viscous
  • The saddest case of a car “burning rubber” in order to get from 0 to 60 …. millimeters

At the very least, the driver will never forget where he parked the car.

Photos: Daily Mail


Speeding BMW driver in Dongguan slams into 7 people, killing 4 of them

Posted: 08/14/2012 7:00 am

A BMW sped along Yongjie Street in Dongguan on August 11, veering into other lanes and generally driving erratically.  Shortly after 9pm, the car slammed into seven pedestrians, killing 4 and injuring 3, according to local media.

One witness claimed to have heard the vehicle speeding when he was standing with his back to the road using his mobile phone; when he turned around the vehicle had already gone but there was a victim lying on the ground.

One victim identified as Xiao Dong told reporters from his hospital bed that he felt the vehicle’s headlights shine on him from behind.  Then he turned around and saw the car, but the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital.

After stopping the now heavily damaged car, the driver calmly got out and was smirking, according to witnesses.

The 26 year-old driver, who is from Guangdong, was detained by the Public Security Bureau and he was discovered to have undergone treatment for mental illness. One Public Security Officer claimed that he had never been cured.

Young men in expensive cars running over innocents touch a raw societal nerve in China. In 2010, a student was killed on the campus of Hebei University by a man driving a Volkswagen Sedan. After getting out of the car, the man exclaimed that he was the son of deputy police chief “Li Gang” and challenged them to sue him.  To this day “My father is Li Gang!” has become a sinister phrase signifying the elite status of some government officials.

BMWs are also a potent status symbol.  On matchmaking show If You Are The One in 2010, a girl famously displayed her materialism by saying she would rather cry in the back of a BMW than smile on the back of a bicycle.

This case, though, doesn’t appear to be caused by another spoiled playboy causing havoc.


Woman murdered in carpark of Shenzhen government building

Posted: 08/10/2012 7:00 am

A woman was stabbed to death by two assailants with fruit knives as she was getting into her car next to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Building on Jiefang Road in Shenzhen, according to The Daily Sunshine.

The woman was attacked outside her BMW by two men who were trying to seize her handbag at 3:15 pm on August 8. She resisted and had her throat slit.

The men then ran off in different directions. When paramedics arrived at the scene, she was in a pool of her own blood and did not survive.

One of the assailants, a 24 year-old man surnamed Cao from Jiangxi Province, was arrested. The other escaped.

Many if not most expats in Shenzhen have set foot in Diwang Building as that is where the final stages of the visa application process take place.  One nearby resident expressed shock that such a thing was possible in such a developed area so close to a major government building.

On its microblog, the PSB said the murder had taken place in a “public” carpark, which technically it is, even though it is used by workers at Diwang Building.

The PSB is sparing no efforts to catch the other assailant, it said in a statement.


Shenzhen police smash BMW’s window to make driver take breathalyzer test

Posted: 05/29/2012 1:05 pm

Drunk driving is a hot issue in Shenzhen after Sunday’s accident which killed three. However, that fiery crash in Shenzhen’s Baoan District has not deterred other Shenzheners from getting behind the wheel after one too many.

Shenzhen traffic police had set up 38 alcohol road blocks early Monday morning to catch drunk drivers.  Around 3am, a dark BMW X5 was stopped on East Shennan Road, near many KTV and other leisure spots.

The male driver of the vehicle, Huang, refused to open the window when police asked him to submit to a breathalyzer test. After a 30-minute stand off, the officer broke the window of the BMW to force the test upon the driver.  The results indeed showed the driver was under the influence of alcohol, although he wasn’t “highly intoxicated”, according to a press report.

“The man in the car just looked at us, wouldn’t open the window and wouldn’t talk,” said Liu, one of the police officers. “After half an hour, he started to make calls with his cell phone.”

According to Liu, as the road was blocked and cars were lining up behind the BMW, the police finally decided to smash the window after asking for consent from the operation command center.

Huang, the driver, finally agreed to the test and had his driver’s license temporarily seized after he paid a fine.  Despite his intoxication, Huang drove his vehicle home with police trailing him.

The tough measure was largely praised by many netizens, while some questioned who would pay for a window replacement.

The Shenzhen Traffic Police Bureau explained that it will compensate the driver for any loss caused by the smashing of the window.



Man in Shenzhen gives tips on how to charm women in China

Posted: 05/7/2012 7:00 am

Guan Yu, a man who trains young men in how to charm attractive women, has been offering three day courses in Luohu District, Shenzhen Metropolis Television reported Saturday.

In the news report, Guan (pictured, right) is first seen explaining to two female passers-by that he likes the way they carry themselves and would like to get to know them. When discussing his rationale, Guan explained that there is a tried and tested method for how to charm women, saying that one establishes whether there is an attraction as soon as eye-contact is made, and that after that, a man should wait three seconds and then begin a conversation.

Xiao Hui, originally from Guangdong Province, took the course because he feels nervous around attractive women. One of Guan’s teaching methods was to stand Xiao in front of a mirror and ask him to examine his own demeanor.

Another participant, Xiao Chao, explained that he was not taking the classes because he could not find a girlfriend. He had been in a relationship before, but he felt unable to charm genuine beauties, he explained.

Guan Yu has a Sina Blog in which he goes into further detail about his methods and his success.

Young Chinese men are living through a particularly difficult time in the country’s history in which to attract a woman. As well as a gender imbalance that continues to grow, many women require their prospective husbands to own a house and a car. This new materialism was best illustrated in 2010, when a female contestant on dating show “If You Are The One,” rejected a less wealthy man by saying, “It is better to cry in the back of a BMW than smile on a bicycle.”

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