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Soho CEO Pan Shiyi Denies Striking Airline Attendant as Photos Go Viral [UPDATED]

Posted: 06/13/2014 2:43 pm

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UPDATE: A video of this incident is now posted at the end of this post.


A series of photos on Weibo reportedly show Soho CEO Pan Shiyi striking a Shenzhen Airlines worker during an altercation despite Pan’s claims to the contrary.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon (June 12) at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and was first reported by Weibo user 我是西蒙周. That’s the authenticated account belonging to Zhou Gang, the chief editor of the Hong Kong Business Report.

The photos show a man standing next to a counter speaking to an airline worker when she suddenly grabs her face with a shocked expression. Zhou emphasizes that the strike was completely accidental.

READ: Air Rage Reaching All New Levels in China as
Gate Agent Beaten in Guangzhou

In his Weibo post at 4:57pm, Zhou states that Pan was flying aboard flight ZH1314 when it suffered a malfunction and landed prematurely in Shenzhen. At the airport, Pan wanted to change to flight ZH9821, so had an assistant make the arrangements and didn’t personally go to the security checkpoint. Since Pan’s boarding pass did not have a security stamp, he wasn’t be allowed on board the flight.

Zhou says an altercation took place between Pan and the airline worker because he was denied boarding. When Pan tried to take a picture of the woman, he accidentally hit her when taking out his camera. The post ends by saying Zhou hit the woman’s mouth with such force she began bleeding.

READ: Airport Meltdown: Woman Insults Locals Says
She Can Shut Down the Internet

Pan also posted to his Weibo earilier in the day to corroborate many of these details, including the fact that he was not allowed to board a flight. However, Pan said last night in a Weibo post that he never hit the woman.

The most recent development to this story is that while Shenzhen Airlines first confirmed the incident took place, it recently issued a statement to the Legal Brief Evening Report saying no dispute took place between Pan and the Shenzhen Airline worker. At the same time, Shenzhen Airlines confirms that Pan did not have a security stamp on his ticket, and therefore was not allowed to board the plane.

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UPDATE 7:12pm June 13: Here is a video of the incident from Sina:


Photo: Morning News Report.

h/t @MissXQ


Watch: Argument on Guangzhou metro comes to blows

Posted: 08/28/2013 7:00 am

Subway trains in China’s major cities are a constant source of drama.

When uncivilised behaviour on the Metro is not making the headlines, a fight is.

Last year, a fight over a seat on the Guangzhou Metro led to bloodshed while other passengers just stood and watched.

Then recently, two middle-aged women were filmed fighting over a seat in Shanghai.

Yesterday, Sina Weibo was abuzz with news of another fight on the Guangzhou Metro, this time between a middle-aged man and a younger man. However, on this occasion, one of the scrappers had some moves, meaning the fight ended relatively quickly. Watch:

As you can see, bystanders once again behaved less than heroically, allowing the fight to escalate while filming it.

It started when some angry words led the middle-aged man to give the younger man a clip round the ear. But then the younger man swiftly responded with a quick combination of a left uppercut and a right uppercut.

The older man, by then bleeding, managed a few feeble responses, but he wisely got off at the next stop, Baiyun Culture Square.


Watch: All-out brawl at Guangzhou South Railway Station

Posted: 05/3/2013 10:36 am

Here is a spectacular attempt at a very public cat fight at Guangzhou South Railway Station.

At least a dozen passengers and railway staff became embroiled in a brawl. In the video, people throw themselves at one and another, falling over flying feet and fists, outside the security check-in zone. So far it’s not clear who came out on top in this dispute, or even what caused it.

With millions of people on the move in China every day, the public transport experience is has become ridden with tension and stress. There have been notable and sporadic outbreaks of travel tantrums over recent months.

Remember Yan Linkun, the suspended CPPCC committee member and deputy chairman of state-owned Yunnan Mining Corporation, who teamed up with his wife to smash gate 38 at Kunming Airport?

Just like in this new case, he was recorded on a mobile phone, seen ripping and throwing whatever he could find after he missed his flight.

More recently, a China Southern Airlines gate agent was snapped lying on the floor at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, covering his face after being attacked by an irate passenger over the late arrival of a flight.

There seems to be a lack of travel etiquette on the roads, rails and runways.

Kicking-off in Kunming Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport incident

H/T: Shanghaiist


Two middle-aged men beat up security guard on Guangzhou subway

Posted: 02/19/2013 2:01 pm

There is seldom a dull moment on the Guangzhou subway. Another incident has made the news, this time on line 5.

After refusing to have their luggage checked before boarding at Dongpu Station, a man in his 40s and a man in his 60s beat up a security guard on the subway on Monday, causing severe head injuries, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

They were seized and detained after the train stopped at Sanxi.

According to an eyewitness, a man in his 40s attacked the security guard shortly after boarding at around 6 p.m. when he refused to have his luggage checked. The man then punched the security guard repeatedly in the back of the head.

A man in his 60s later sat on the security guard when he was down, hitting him an estimated 12 times before the train stopped at Sanxi.

Authorites explained that the two men, along with two others who were carrying large amounts of luggage suspected to contain dangerous items, were arrested and the security guard was taken to hospital.

The two who beat the security guard have been detained for 3 days. The other day were fined 200 yuan each for failing to comply with authorities.

The security guard was hospitalized with concussion.


Fist fight breaks out in Shenzhen hospital after child defecates in waiting room

Posted: 11/21/2012 10:00 am

After a picture of a child seen defecating on a Guangzhou subway led to much public outcry, some of us thought China might be turning a corner in terms of valuing public hygiene.

Apparently debate is still raging as to whether it is appropriate to allow one’s children to defecate in public after a fight broke out in a Shenzhen hospital when a couple were confronted about letting their 1 year-old child defecate in a waiting room, reports. You can see some grainy footage of the fight here.

On Nov. 17, Mrs. Zhang and her husband took their son to Shenzhen Children’s Hospital. When in the waiting room, they saw a couple propping their child over the trash can, even though there was a bathroom nearby which was both clean and almost empty.

When the mother of the child heard Zhang and her husband compare her child to the now infamous boy on the Guangzhou subway, she got angry, challenging them to explain what was wrong with her actions and launching a foul-mouthed tirade.

After Zhang urged the woman to calm down and threatened to record her tirade and put it on the internet, the woman then started to beat her, causing bruises and ripping her clothes.

Mrs Zhang after the incident

Staff at the hospital say Zhang was also guilty of violent behaviour and Lianhua Police Station is now conducting an investigation into the incident.

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