In Jiyuan, Henan province on Friday, a 26-year-old woman bumped into a 10-year-old girl, which in itself shouldn’t have caused a near-riot if not for the words that came out of the driver’s mouth…
“I come from an influential family.”
When the side rearview mirror of a black Honda bumped a 10-year-old girl on her way home from school, the driver – instead of helping the child – insulted and hit the mother. “I come from an influential family,” the driver said.
The crowd that formed around the woman’s car — threatening to turn it over, and burn it (both of which happened) — was reportedly not pacified until midnight.
The driver has been identified as Bi Jiao. Police rushed to post details about the case online, claiming Bi was not — repeat, not – the daughter of any government official. They want nothing to do with her. The cops went so far as to arrest the person who sold Bi Jiao the fake license plate she was apparently using.
So. Was Ms. Bi trying to intimidate a 10-year-old by calling herself influential? Was the child’s mother trying to extort money from her? We don’t know.
But here’s what is undeniable. If you’re so dense as to not realize I come from an influential family is the spitting image of “My dad is Li Gang” — and, in a less notorious but no worse example, “My family runs the Public Security Bureau” — and precisely the line you should not say after bumping a child with your car, you deserve to be besieged by a repressed mob.
No one appears to be hurt, thankfully, though the 10-year-old girl who was hit was sent to the hospital. The person who set Bi Jiao’s car on fire has been detained and charged.