n apparently extremely lazy train passenger has become public enemy No. 1 in China after sitting down in the wrong seat and refusing to move, even going so far as to pretend he needed a wheelchair.
Video of the guy ignoring repeated requests to move from a woman’s seat on a high-speed train traveling from Jinan in Shandong province to Beijing on Tuesday morning has created a massive uproar on Chinese social media.
When asked by a train attendant to stand up, the passenger claimed that he “doesn’t know how,” saying that the female passenger ought to stand, sit in his seat, or head to the dining car instead. Bizarrely, the man’s assigned seat was only a few rows back and also a window seat.
Completely unable to get the man to budge, train attendants finally gave the woman an assigned seat in business class and let the man keep on sitting. When the train arrived in Beijing, the man asked attendants to fetch him a wheelchair, despite apparently not needing one when he boarded the train.
Netizens across the country have since condemned the man, accusing him of faking a disability to avoid moving and calling for railway officials to blacklist him for life. In addition, with both his face and ticket easily visible in the video, he has also become the target of China’s infamous “human flesh search engine.” Investigative net users have since uncovered the man’s identity and personal information, including his name, mobile phone number, and WeChat account.
In the wake of suddenly becoming the most hated person in China, the man, surnamed Sun, issued an apology yesterday to the female passenger, saying that he “regrets” his “very bad” behavior. On Weibo, Chinese netizens have accused Sun of not actually regretting his behavior, but merely the backlash that followed.