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The good, the bad and the ugly
Since we are telling stories, here is mine.|
Went to a bar one night and took a bag with me that contained a digital camera, my passport and some foreign currency. When I arrived at the bar I gave it to one of the bar attendants who placed it behind the bar for safe keeping. At the end of the night I left, got in a taxi and drove for about 2 minutes before realising I had left the bag behind (yes, yes, silly me)
So I go back to the bar, arriving within 10 minutes of leaving and most of the customers and staff had already left. The boss let me look behind the bar but my bag was gone, she assured me that she was sure it was in the safe keeping of one of her staff and to return the next night at 8pm when she was sure my bag would be returned.
Next night I get there and the bag has not turned up, all the staff were questioned and no one had seen it. It was at this stage that I suggested looking at the security videos (thankfully it was a big place and they had cameras). While reviewing the tapes, which unfortunately did not have the required field of view, the cleaner comes in and informs us that he has my bag. He said he came in at midday and found it behind the bar; obviously a lie because I had been back the night before, but he didn't know this. Anyway I wasn't going to argue as I was just happy to get my bag and more importantly, passport back.
So he gives me my bag back and I started to look through it - he hurriedly assured me all my belongings were still there - how would he know this if his story had been true? If his story was true, then the bag was sitting there for 9 hours before he even found it!
Anyway, although I knew he had lied about the incident I offered him 50rmb to say thanks....he had the audacity to tell me it wasn't enough!! After some arguing I gave him 100rmb and left - he was still argueing btw. It was later when I was checking my camera that I found he had taken 3 photos of the inside of his house with it, they were taken about the time I had returned the previous night and was looking for it.
Now the funniest part of all - all my belongings, including cash were were present with the exception of one thing, an Indonesian 100,000 rupiah note. It was actually the note of the lowest real value in my bag but had the most zeros. He probably thought he was rich. lmao.
Anyway, all that aside, I maintain that on the whole, Chinese people are some of the most honest and respectful of other peoples property that I know. Of course there is still a lot of petty crime, but that has to be expected with the huge population. I would be surprised if the per capita crime rate is much different to any other country in the world.