You can pay for anything if you have money, of course, but it sure does seem like the Chinese find the most creative services to exchange for currency. This story latest fits right in.
As Tea Leaf Nation’s David Wertime writes: “And now, this latest innovation: Chinese with cash to spare can pay a foreigner to report a crime on their behalf.”
On China’s Sina Weibo microblogging platform, a user named Yu Min, who claims to be an advertising company employee, caught the attention of a few thousand netizens on Oct. 17 when he shared photographs of two crudely made advertisements. Based on information available on the photo, the second advertisement was posted on the streets of Hefei, the capital of impoverished Anhui province. (It is not clear where the first advertisement was posted.)
“Foreigner will report crimes for you: Starting at 200 RMB [about $33] per month — Retrieve lost items — 100 percent of cases solved.”
The other, a bit more restrained, reads:
“Foreigner will report crimes for you: Police take [them] seriously — The rate of solved cases is high.”
Hire a white guy to deceive a factory inspector. Hire a white guy to report a crime. Hire a white guy to… commit a crime. It’s only a matter of time, isn’t it?
Robbed in China? Remain Calm — And Call a Foreigner (Tea Leaf Nation)