Losing your noodle is slang in the West for going crazy. But in Wuhan last week, a dispute over a noodle meal led to just that.
The incident occurred on a morning subway train when a passenger – in violation of the no-eating rules – was munching away on a breakfast of re gan mian, or ‘hot dry noodles’. This infuriated fellow commuters and according to Sina, one passenger used her smartphone to take a photo of the chopstick-wielding offender. It didn’t go down well. “Other passengers tried to stop her from eating, but she wouldn’t listen,” says the commuter. “So I tried to take a photo of her, but she came up to me and threw the bowl of noodles over my head.”
The victim then uploaded a photo of herself covered in noodles onto her Sina Weibo account. It was widely forwarded around the country.
The incident triggered a debate online. Most people blasted the woman for eating on the subway, adding that she should be fined according to the regulations. But some defended her aggressive retaliation, saying the passenger with the smartphone had no right to take a photo of a stranger without permission.
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