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China Losing Patience with Foreigners, Starting to Deport Them for Petty Crimes

Posted: 01/25/2015 12:00 am

arrest handcuffsForeigners who commit crimes in China are increasingly being deported and restricted from re-entering the country.

A pair of foreign nationals are facing deportation after being found guilty in two separate crimes involving assault and theft. The report doesn’t state where the foreigners are from.

Last July 17, a foreigner named Mr Sun had gotten into a physical altercation with a police officer after having too much to drink at a banquet. Sun, who was already covered in blood from a previous incident, struck the police officer in the eye with his right hand. Sun was sentenced to six months, and will be deported upon release.

In a separate case, a 30 year-old foreign woman only identified as Miss Ba was confronted by a store clerk who saw her steal perfume from a cosmetics store near Dongzhimen in Beijing. Ba refuted the allegations and said she couldn’t understand Chinese.

Police later found six bottles of perfume hidden in Ba’s handbag that included Bulgari, Gucci, and Christian Dior, with a total value of RMB 4,400.

Ba was sentenced to six months in jail like Sun, but has also been fined RMB 1,000. Ba will also be deported upon release.

Photo: Xinmin


Shanghai Expat Has RMB 220,000 Vanish From His Bank Account

Posted: 08/26/2014 3:19 pm

foreigner missing money bank accountAn Italian expat in Shanghai made a shocking discovery when he visited an ATM in the city: RMB 220,000 was missing from his bank account. “Rafael” said the account contains (rather, “contained”) money he’s earned from his auto parts business in Guangzhou. He noticed the money gone on August 21 when the ATM showed a balance of a mere RMB 361.

Rafael said he had lent his debit card to his wife earlier, but she didn’t withdraw the money. To figure out what happened, he visited several branches to get a detailed transaction list; purchases by Rafael’s wife totaled RMB 3,168, but the last transaction on the list contained the clue: a payment to a supply company called “New Lily” for RMB 220,000.

report by 163 News says Rafael filed a police a report but hasn’t received much help yet. He’s obviously nonplussed about the money disappearing so easily. This is from Lost Laowai:

I have done business in a lot of countries, but have never heard of this kind of crime. I have many friends doing business in China, we all have Chinese bank accounts, use Chinese debt cards, and we never realized our money is at risk. How can we get our trust back?

Sadly, this isn’t the first time a laowai has been scammed this way. A Shenzhen-based Dutchman under the pseudonym Deng Ming also lost RMB 220,000 from his bank account last year.


[h/t Lost Laowai]

Photo: 163 News


Laowai robs Shenzhen bar, staff and students, then skips town

Posted: 11/26/2012 3:18 pm

Chill’s Bar (Photo from ThatsPRD)

Staff at Chill’s Bar in Shekou are recovering from having tens of thousands of yuan stolen from them by an American who fled the city last month, according to Shenzhen Daily. Real English, a nearby language training centre, was also a victim of the theft that has caused outrage across Shekou.

The bar on Haichang Street lost tens of thousands of yuan that was allegedly taken by the American who had opened Chill’s with partners last spring, just before opening Real English.

The paper reports:

“He took everything — even the staff’s tips,” said Danish businessman Kent Kristensen, a regular at Chill’s who said a friend of the American’s loaned him 20,000 yuan (US$3,211) the day before he disappeared.

The vanished American allegedly left unpaid bills, paychecks and debts at both businesses, while taking advance tuition payments from parents of students at Real English, which was forced to close.

People who knew the alleged thief, who is unidentified because police reports and actions have not been confirmed, said he emptied the bar’s cash register on his way out the door and even grabbed loans from friends before jetting, saying he needed help with renovations or family issues.

“I gave him a personal loan of 30,000 yuan,” said a baker in the neighborhood. “He said he was going to expand the business. I gave him the money on Saturday and he left on Sunday.”

The remaining staff at the bar are selling T-shirts with the American’s face on it in order to raise money to pay the bills, and pay back creditors.

Chill’s Bar used to be known as Burt’s, and has become a popular hot dog and hamburger hangout in the Shekou area.  Hopefully this guy is found, and people get their money back.


Stepping in to save a man’s wife

Posted: 07/17/2012 7:00 am

Among the many horrifying stories about Chinese hospitals, a good number involve patients stealing from the hospital or other patients. Last month, six were arrested in Shenzhen for doing just that. Last week, we told you about patients in Shenzhen taking dine and dash to ridiculous new levels.

But a story that recently came from Beijing and went viral has a few more shades of grey.

Last week, a Beijing man named Liao Dan became an internet celebrity and was named “Rescuing Wife Man” after he was accused of forging a seal and defrauding a hospital of 172,000 RMB to pay his wife’s medical fees. His wife was diagnosed with uremia four years ago. A few days later, a Guangdong man sent 172,000 RMB to the Beijing man to help him return the money, the Guangzhou Daily reports.

Chen Lihao, committee member of Zhuhai Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the CEO of YGSofting Co., Ltd, sent money to Liao after hearing his story and sympathizing. He hopes Liao’s penalty will be reduced because the money has now been returned. Chen said he doesn’t condone forging the seal, but thinks Liao deserves help because he was acting selflessly. “We should applaud the man’s devotion to his wife, and our society should do more to combat uremia,” said Chen.

One user of Sina Weibo said that in the grand scheme of things, it was a small amount of money considering he was trying to save his wife.

The story of a Beijing man being sent to jail and a stranger from Guangdong helping him could have been something out of All Men Are Brothers, one of China’s “four great novels.”



‘Street urchin’ volunteers to pick up garbage in Shenzhen

Posted: 06/15/2012 7:00 am

Many of us know of a social outcast who said, “One day a real rain’s gonna come and wash the scum off the streets.” A local man is taking a much more positive approach to doing just that.

A self-described street urchin has made it his one-man mission to clean garbage off the streets around his home in Shenzhen, according to The Daily Sunshine. For most of the past 9 days, Liu Jiwen, 36, has been picking up garbage on Fuyong Street in Bao’an District near Kangzhibao Department Store. Liu has been in Shenzhen for 17 years, has never had a steady job, and been a petty thief for most of that time. He is divorced and his wife has full custody of the child. When a passer-by asks him what he is doing and why, he smiles and explains he is doing what makes him happy.

On the afternoon of June 11, a reporter for The Daily Sunshine noticed a man wearing blue-rimmed spectacles, covered in dust and mud, picking cigarette butts, paper and other waste and putting it into a trash bag with his bare hands. He has become known in the area as Brother Cleanliness.

Several weeks ago he went to Shanghai with a friend. He noticed how clean the streets were, and when he saw a pedestrian drop the skin of a watermelon, he bent down and picked it up. He suddenly felt that this was a very satisfying thing to do. He decided that as soon as he returned to Shenzhen, he would spend a large amount of time every day cleaning the streets.

Liu even bends down and picks chewing gum off the street. Sometimes people see what he is doing and offer money, but he never accepts. “If I ever accepted money to do this, it would lose its meaning.”

In an interview with Shenzhen Evening Post, Liu confessed that he hadn’t always been a good person. After arriving in Shenzhen when he was 19, he got trained in Martial Arts and got a job as a security guard. However, he was fired from that job after stealing from his employer. When asked why he was doing it, he explained that he intended to turn over a new leaf, and become a good person. “I am not trying to prove anything.” His inspiration is his ex-wife Bing Bing, who he believes would be supporting his actions if she knew about it.

Liu has no source of income, and his friends are worried about him. He will often miss one or two meals a day, and recently, he spent the night in an Internet Bar because he has no fixed abode.


14yo boy busted for smashing and robbing cars in Shenzhen

Posted: 04/3/2012 7:29 am

Shenzhen has recently seen a spate of property thefts, car windows smashed and items lifted by a professional thief, Southern Metropolis Daily reports, but where this story differs is that all 18 of the robberies which have taken place so far this year have been carried out by a 14-year-old boy.

The beginning of the end of his crime spree was late last month, when car owners began showing up at the Nanhu police station in Shenzhen with reports of vandalized cars and stolen property. Police were then able to trace the activity to a male standing around 155 cm tall, dressed in black pants, white sneakers and a t-shirt adorned with a cross.

But it was his fashion sense that connected him from surveillance footage captured by one camera to another to another, and the boy was apprehended by police in the early morning of March 30 in the midst of his final smash-and-grab.

Just 14, the boy hails from Anhui province. He admitted to the earlier destruction and robberies and confessed to his involvement in over a dozen other similar cases dating back to early 2012. He also ratted out two fellow thieves.

How harsh should we be on someone so young, adrift and apparently lacking proper role models? At just 14, at least he still stands a chance to straighten out and turn his life around. Details of the other two members of his gang, however, seem to have not been interesting enough to make it into media reports.


Shenzhen man busted for theft of 800K RMB in gold bling

Posted: 03/27/2012 8:00 am

From Shenzhen News, a truck driver responsible for transporting parcels for China Post was caught twice last year pocketing goods marked for shipment, including the contents of one parcel filled with several hundred thousand RMB worth of gold jewelry.

The driver, Yang, was recently sentenced by a Shenzhen court to 4.5 years in prison and given a 3,000 RMB fine.

Guangzhou native Yang, now 37, was previously employed by a freight transport company based in Shenzhen entrusted with transporting goods from the China Post Logistics Center in Guangzhou to Shantou.

On March 31, 2011, Yang gained unauthorized access to one shipping warehouse, helping himself to the contents of a package originating in Urumqi and containing 2,159 grams of gold jewelry. Experts retained by the court appraised the stolen golden goods as worth 804,000 RMB.

Then on January 28 this year, Yang picked up another package, this one on its way from Ningxia to Shenzhen and containing 78 Chinese brand mobile phones worth 24,300 RMB.

Yang was found out after his company’s Shenzhen office launched an investigation, and later turned himself in to police at the urging (and physical accompaniment) of his fellow postal services workers.

According to Shenzhen News, turning himself in and the return of the stolen goods landed Yang a lenient sentence.

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