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Guangzhou Workers Get Time Off To Watch The World Cup

Posted: 06/12/2014 8:00 am

Employees from the Guangzhou software company rejoice with the lottery tickets

Football fans who have had to resort to using “sick leave” certificates on their boss’ desk, hoping it will allow them to stay up all night watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be envious of one Guangzhou boss’ generosity.

The Chinese reads: Resign! Watch World Cup!

Mr You, owner of a software company in Tianhe District, will not only give his employees the morning off whenever England is playing during the World Cup, but also bet RMB 100,000 (USD 16,100) in sports lottery tickets on England winning the whole tournament. He gave the tickets to each employee.

And it didn’t stop there; You also bought England team jerseys for each of his employees and encouraged them to wear them during each of England’s games, the Information Times reported on June 11.

The owner of the lottery shop said he spent nearly 40 minutes printing out all of You’s lottery tickets.

Employees at the Guangzhou company

A soccer maniac himself, Mr You revealed he is hoping his staff can learn the spirit of teamwork from the games.

At this point, you must imagine that You is a die-hard fan of England’s soccer team, but that is not the case at all. You was originally trying to bet on China, but due to the fact that China did not qualify, he opted for the team with the closest affinity to China—England, otherwise known as “Europe’s China team”.

China’s national football team often serves as the target of scorn, mockery and hand-wringing because it continually finds new ways to disappoint its fans. It made its first and only appearance in the World Cup in 2002.

Let’s hope that won’t jinx England’s fate.

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Man detained for forging lottery ticket

Posted: 06/28/2012 3:29 pm

Plenty of people have expressed concern in recent years about how crudely materialistic China is becoming. There was the woman who said on television that she would rather cry in the back of a BMW than go for a romantic bike ride. Beijing-based singer Chuanzi sings satirical songs about how he cannot afford to do essential things such as own property or get married. And scandals about people doing dastardly things to make themselves rich are never far away.

But one Shenzhen man has proven to be somewhat less cunning than the best con-artists.

The hairdresser was arrested for forging a lottery ticket after the winning numbers were announced, according to Shenzhen Evening Post. After printing the ticket at a photographer’s shop for 5 yuan, the man, surnamed Huang, who lives in Longgang District took it to city’s lottery center to claim the 5.7 million yuan prize money.

On June 18, Huang, 20, entered the lottery center on Hongling Road in Luohu District. After receiving the ticket with the numbers 2012069, the worker thought it odd and asked Huang whether it was real. Huang explained that he had left it in his pocket when he was washing his clothes. An examination showed the ticket to be made with non-standard paper, and lacked all of the hallmarks of a legitimate lottery ticket.

The worker at the lottery center called the police. After being taken down to Guiyuan Police Station in Luohu, Huang first claimed that he had bought the ticket not knowing it was a fake, then explained that he found it. Eventually, he confessed to having it made for himself.

Huang, who comes from Meizhou in Guangdong Province, could face 3-10 years in jail, according to a lawyer. Ren, the photographer, could also face criminal charges. Ren claims he had initially been reluctant to help Huang.

When Huang went to the lottery center, he was accompanied by his friend who works in a factory. Huang, who is poorly educated and does not have a bank account, also lied to his friend and said he had washed the lottery ticket by mistake.

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