Shanghai Cabbie Tries To Charge 2,300 Yuan For 4-Kilometer Ride

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If you ever run a scam, please note that overcharging by roughly 8,000 percent will probably get you caught. That's the sort of greed that's plain reckless. In Shanghai last month, as reported on Sunday, a cab driver charged a Japanese passenger 2,300 yuan for a 4-km ride in Pudong. But there's a happy ending here, as Global Times reports:

Shanghai Craigslist Ad Doesn’t Beat Around The Bush

Shanghai Craigslist ad
The start of this Craigslist ad for a "Personal Assistant to Director (Foreigner)" begins like many of these do: with insinuations ("Open Minded Ladies only") and more insinuations ("Females only"), and a few more of those ("Age between 22 to 29... Pleasant looking, well-dressed, well-groomed"). But then, three-quarters of the way down -- far enough for the poster to have finished his whiskey -- the pretenses disappear:

Chinese Wrestling Fanatics Turn Out For WWE House Show In Shanghai (And John Cena Speaks Mandarin)

WWE in Shanghai for RAW house show
Chinese appreciation for savage beatings was on stage again Friday night when World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) rolled through Shanghai for another series of smackdowns. Unfortunately, apart from standout performances by Daniel Bryan and John Cena, WWE appears to have backed off on the marketing push. Friday's event was untelevised, fine, but it was also short on pompous speechmaking and video support, so those in the nosebleeds had to invade the lower levels just to see.

Rage In Shanghai Airports As More Than 100 Flights Cancelled, China Eastern Airlines Employees Attacked

Fight in Shanghai airport
Thunderstorms in Shanghai on Friday caused massive flight delays and more than 100 cancellations in the city's two major airports, Hongqiao and Pudong, and as you might expect, tempers boiled over. We don't know how many dozens of arguments broke out in terminals around the city, and how many of those turned into fights, but at least one was caught on camera. It involved -- yes, once again -- China Eastern Airlines.

Suspect Arrested In Shooting Rampage That Left 6 Dead In Shanghai

Suspect arrested 6 dead in shooting
A man with a shotgun -- shotgun -- killed six people in Shanghai's Baoshan District on Saturday evening, according to China.org. He reportedly first killed a colleague at Guangyu fine chemical company out of "financial disputes." He then shot and killed a taxi driver, killed a guard at a military compound, then went back to his workplace and killed three more people.

Stampede Breaks Out At David Beckham Event In Shanghai, Several Injured

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At least five people were injured in a stampede this afternoon at Shanghai's Tongji University as hundreds of spectators, many of them students, jostled for a closer glimpse of David Beckham. An ambassador for Chinese football, Beckham was scheduled to take the field alongside the Tongji team and a local youth team, but the event was cancelled. The international icon posted the following message to his Sina Weibo account at 4:39 pm:

Want To See Metallica In Shanghai On August 13? Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow Morning [UPDATE]

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You may have already heard, but after several false starts -- years of teasing -- Metallica is finally, actually coming to China. As the band announced yesterday on its website: It is so rare for us to be able to say that we are visiting a country for the very first time, so this is an extra special announcement for us. After over 31 years of traveling to almost all corners of the world for so many amazing, wild and thrilling adventures, we will finally be heading to China!! We’ll be hitting the stage in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 13.

Light Punishment Comes Down On Shanghai’s Highway Urinators, Netizens Not Happy

Six laowai take a leak in Shanghai
Remember the above? The picture appeared on Sina Weibo in March, with the accompanying message: A group of laowai collectively pee on a Shanghai overpass, while smirking! Can only say __ doesn’t have national boundaries! Please fill in the blank! The incident was investigated, with police eventually saying no punishment would come to the foreigners due to a lack of relevant laws.

All Sorts Of Awful: Black Bear Mauls Monkey After Bikes Collide At Shanghai Wild Animal Park [UPDATE]

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What happens when a bear races a monkey on a bicycle? First of all, stop. Why is a bear racing a monkey… Oh fuck it. Take over, Huffington Post: During the performance, two monkeys take the lead as onlookers laugh and cheer. The bear is hot on their heels, however, and a second-lap crash quickly turns... Read more »

How Long Can You Touch A Car?

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What if we told you the last one to stop touching the car gets to keep it? How long could/would you touch it, then? Yesterday in Shanghai, some 60 people began competing to win a new Volkswagen Polo by keeping their hands pressed to it. According to China Daily, contestants were allowed one 15-minute bathroom... Read more »

3-year-old British boy reportedly died while “waiting for an ambulance that never came”

The East is Read
Morbid details have emerged in the story of the British toddler who was crushed by a “falling screen” last Monday in a Shanghai restaurant. The accident happened at Kervan Orient Express just after 8 pm when the three-year-old boy, playing with a seven-year-old girl, fell down and “touched the partition screen, which fell and hit him... Read more »

3-Year-Old British Boy Killed By Falling Screen In Shanghai Restaurant [UPDATE]

Restaurant in Shanghai where 3-year-old British boy killed by falling screen
Police are investigating how a three-year-old boy could have been killed by a falling screen in a restaurant in Shanghai’s downtown Huangpu District on Monday. According to Shanghai Daily, “Witnesses said the boy may have accidentally touched the screen before it fell on him. Screens are sometimes used by restaurants to divide dining areas.” The boy... Read more »

Fernando Alonso Wins F1 Chinese Grand Prix In Shanghai (Watch Entire Race Here)

Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai
Fernando Alonso of Spain steered his Ferrari to victory at Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday at Shanghai International Circuit. F1 fans should know Mark Webber didn’t do as well, as WorldCarFans.com reports. Alonso, sounding more bored than anything afterward, said: “The celebrations tonight will be nothing special as I have an early flight for Bahrain,”... Read more »

More Than 16,000 Dead Pigs In Shanghai River; And Now Here’s Jay Leno With Jokes

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“Well,” says the at the 4-minute mark of his opening monologue, “it seems the number of dead pigs found floating in a river in Shanghai has now risen to over 13,000.” An Angry Birds joke follows, which is lame. “Chinese officials said the dead pigs won’t affect the quality of drinking water in the river,” he... Read more »