principled taxi driver from Xi’an has returned nearly $1,000 to a visitor from the United States who apparently was not very practiced with using WeChat Pay.
As he was eating dinner on Monday night, the cab driver, Zhang Peng, looked over his WeChat wallet, scanning through various payments of 8.5 yuan, 9 yuan, and 30 yuan, before coming to one payment of 6,500 yuan ($956). “That’s more than I make in a month!” Zhang thought, according to the China Business News.
Thinking back, Zhang realized that the payment must have come from a party of four that he had taken to their hotel from the train station earlier that evening. The group included three foreigners, including one Chinese-looking man in his fifties who had paid through WeChat. But he was only supposed to pay 65 yuan.
It turned out that the one who had made the payment was a Chinese-American man who was a bit of a newbie to China’s mobile payment scene and didn’t know that the decimal point was not automatic.
As a reward, the man, identified by his surnamed Liu, said that Zhang should take 200 yuan as a reward. However, Zhang insisted on returning all the money, save the 65 yuan fare, transferring 6,435 yuan back over to Liu before saying his goodbyes.
For his trouble, Zhang later received an extremely positive review from Liu on WeChat, praising him for caring about other people more than money.
Foreign visitors to China aren’t the only ones to make mistakes when paying through WeChat or Alipay. Earlier this year, one man in the Henan capital of Zhengzhou paid more than 147,000 yuan for a pair of baozi.