ravelers arriving at Hangzhou’s East Railway Station have been hearing an unusual announcement recently, warning them against giving money to an elderly beggar.
“The woman is from a wealthy family. Do not fall for her story,” the announcement warns in footage which has gone viral across Chinese social media, exposing a rather complicated situation.
According to Jiang Yinghao, management chief at the train station, the 79-year-old woman used to sell maps at the station, but has since switched professions and now makes around 300 yuan a day as a beggar, arriving at the station at about 10 am and leaving at 8 pm.
Jiang explains that the woman is most definitely not in desperate need for money, living in a 5-story building owned by her son who also owns a factory along with several retail stores and rental properties in Hangzhou.
Indeed, in response to the controversy, her son has told the media that his mom does not need to beg, but he is unable to convince her otherwise with her explaining that she doesn’t want to just sit around the house all day and that she hopes to make enough money to hire a caretaker for herself when she gets older.
On Weibo, fair-minded netizens have suggested that the railway station could resolve this trickly situation by simply giving the old woman a job.