David, a 54 year old Australian, was robbed in his own home. The attacker was disguised as a delivery man, and made his way into David’s house by threatening him with a knife after he had unsuspectingly opened the door.
All together, the victim was robbed off 60,000 RMB, 80,000 HKD, 15,000 Taiwanese dollars, 11,000 USD, 4 watches, a mobile phone and jewelry worth around 450,000 RMB.
20 hours following the incident, the local police successfully captured the suspect, a 28 year old male from Hubei who runs a computer store. Following questioning, the suspect was in a lot of long-term foreign debt and had been experiencing marital issues as a result. He was convinced that this would release some of the pressure on his economic situation, as well as on the home front.
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I said they shouldnt be taking pleasure in this guy losing his money with that "serves him right!" attitude. No I don't store that much cash in my house, but after nearly 5 years living here with a decent job and not splurging on anything huge like a fancy car I certainly do have that in my savings account. At least the cash part, not the value of the jewels and stuff.
Aug 18, 2014 15:11 Report Abuse
This wasn't a pissing contest! Though if it was I would certainly win cause i'm such a fierce competitor. Saving $6,000 a year isn't anything to brag about, which was my point! You're acting like this guy got robbed was some joe millionaire and he had it coming. Theres no reason to think that.
Aug 18, 2014 16:39 Report Abuse
My hunch is the guy is a trade company owner. Probably has to do business in cash. No im not a rich guy, im 27 and doing ok. You can make 30k a month teaching if you bust your ass but those arent the people im talking about. Im talking about the ones who work only a few hours a week and then act like anybody making more is some kind of amoral jerk who deserves to be robbed for shattering the illusion that you are "doing great for china!" Hey somebody wants to work low hours? Awesome! But own it. Realize you have chosen time over money and others had a right not to.
Aug 19, 2014 07:05 Report Abuse
Approx 31,600 in USD cash value for the currency and 73,200 USD in jewelry. grand total 104,800 USD. Not a bad take I would say looking at it from the eyes of desperate Chinese thief. On another note, I bet there is more to the story. Probably the thief knew this fella had a lot of cash and/or jewelry lying around. As for me, I always keep my cash and valuable out of eyeshot from strangers whom come to the flat (plumbers, internet repairmen, etc.) It simply a wise thing to do...
Aug 17, 2014 15:48 Report Abuse
What I don't understand here is the term "foreign debt" in the context of a private citizen. This guy is not a sovereign nation, hes probably just some dumbass pentium peddler with a stand at the local electronics market. Is it bank debt? Did he take out a loan from Citibank or something? It must be a bad translation...like I imagine some local jerk holding an international bond issue and the payments to foreign bondholders just hamstringing his marriage. Can anyone translate that better?
Aug 17, 2014 14:42 Report Abuse
Police did a good job catching him. I still think that's a crazy amount of money to be holding. I agree that Chinese man was very naughty. Trying to draw some kind of Chinese bad - foreigners good/hard-done-by moral from this story is preposterous. A man was robbed - that's it.
Aug 17, 2014 08:59 Report Abuse
It's about 20,000 USD. It's not a completely ludicrous amount of money for someone to have in their home. You never know this guy might have to do business in cash regularly. Or it couldve just been bad luck, maybe he was carrying some RMB to hong kong the next day.
Aug 17, 2014 14:27 Report Abuse
Not that we want to paint any one group as being better than the other but I am tired of always reading about how 1 or 2 bad eggs from anywhere in the world get such big exposure here and in China as a whole, labelled as "foreigners doing terrible things to Chinese people inside of China". It's time to take this story to Weibo, Wechat, QQZone, and also send to Yang Rui of CCTV International and title it "Financially unstable people with 'History' of mental problems turn to foreigners for crime." Afterall, isn't that how the local media always blows off whenever a local makes crimes against foreigners? Mental disorders?
Aug 16, 2014 09:33 Report Abuse
Perhaps last time the guy was in the house he was there fixing computers? Next time you say goodbye to the maintainence people, don't forget to use that memory wiping rod you got from the MIB guys. They should put that into Lonely Planet as one of the must-haves for those who want to live in China, tourists or expats alike.
Aug 16, 2014 08:07 Report Abuse