There are two lessons to take away from this video, both learned the hard way by a Porsche driver in Shenzhen on Wednesday morning. First, being rich doesn’t make you above the law.
Second: cabbies have more friends than you.
Around 100 cab drivers smashed up a Porsche in a revenge attack on Shenzhen’s Shennan Boulevard early yesterday morning (May 8), China Daily reports. At around 3 a.m. riot police arrived at the scene at the Hongling junction of Shennan Boulevard where a drunken Porsche Cayenne driver had beaten up a cab driver, inciting further violence.
The above video has been viewed 3.3 million times on Youku in just over a day, with the description accusing the Porsche driver of also running a red light. Check out all those cab drivers. That, my friends, is what you’d call a strong fraternity.
The driver of the Porsche has been identified as “Mr. Chen.” He eventually passed out in the back of a police car, even as people tried to drag him out.
If this feels similiar to another incident recently, closer to home, it should. You’ve surely heard that a country’s widening rich-poor gap causes instability. What kind of instability? The kind that flares up when the poor, who outnumber the rich, feel those in power are unjustly protecting the entitled few. What recourse does the mob have except to organize and take justice into their own hands?
A perceived slight is enough to set them off. The situation gets a little more volatile each time the phrase “rule by law” is shown to be a farce.
We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves though. Chen, who was in a police car, may well be prosecuted, and everything will blow over. Is it likely, all things considered?
Perceptions can change. But people and systems have to first.