When a Japanese cyclist with a grand plan of cycling around the world was reported to have his 13,000 yuan bike stolen in Wu Han, his story made to headlines news and #1 hot topic on SIna Weibo. Netizens went after the news, expressing sympathy and shame at the country’s too many bike thieves.
But when, after only a day, Wu Han policy successfully tracked down the bike in a local black market and returned it to the Japanese cyclist, anticipated happy ending didn’t come. Instead, netizens reacted very bitterly, with anger and irony. Most of them thought that the unusual efficient police action in the lost bike case once again proved that “foreigners are the superior race in China.”
In China, a country used to be famous for bicycles, an average of 4 million bikes are stolen per year (Source for data). Many of the angry netizens had their bikes stolen, reported their loss to the police and never heard back since. To them, it is a shame that a global trotting cyclist lost his bike in China, but it is crime when a foreigner’s problem got solved immediately while local law enforcement turned a blind eye to local people who have the same problems.
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