Planet China

Dead stupid

When it comes to devising moneymaking schemes the Chinese are hard to beat. Such was the verdict of the Yangtze Evening News as it reported on another crackpot case that took place in a national park. A police officer in the Lianyungang Huagoushan scenic area grew suspicious when he encountered a hearse and he took the driver to the police station for further questioning. What emerged was a scam to help tourists get into the park without paying the entrance fee. The driver, surnamed Wang, had driven the same hearse to a funeral in the park a month earlier, and found that he’d been permitted to enter for free. So when he overheard a group of 16 tourists discussing in a restaurant whether there was a cheaper means to get into the park, he offered to drive them there, charging them half the usual entrance fee. The cunning plan was foiled after the police intervention, leading to Wang being detained and the tourists coughing up the full sum to get in.

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