Planet China

Feeling crushed

Different societies vent their frustrations in different ways. In Europe, graffiti is rampant. In America, there’s road rage. And in China there’s ‘crispy food vandalism’.

That, at least, is the conclusion of the Chongqing Evening News, which has noted a disturbing rise in people crunching supermarket items like biscuits and instant noodles to a pulp. The miscreants appear to be young, white collar workers who get their kicks from smashing up crispy food products, and then putting them back on the shelf.

A staff member at Carrefour, reports the newspaper, saw one such vandal using “three fingers” to crunch a packet of crisps (or potato chips, in US parlance) into a shapeless mass.

Similar incidents have been reported at supermarkets across Chongqing, a municipality of 31 million citizens.


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