Woman Overpays Cabbie ¥2000 Using WeChat in Shenzhen

By Gary Bailer, April 18, 2018

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Although Alipay and WeChat Wallet have made our lives much more convenient, they come with a price.

One unlucky Shenzhen resident, surnamed Zhou, almost paid it in spades when she 'tipped' a taxi driver over RMB2,000 on WeChat last Thursday.

At the time, Zhou was attempting to pay for a ride from Huaqiangbei to Luohu District. The trip cost exactly RMB20.40, but Zhou forgot to enter in a crucial decimal point and gave RMB2,040 instead. She then departed in a hurry, not noticing the mistake until she checked her phone that night.

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The next day, a search for the lucky taxi driver proved fruitless until Zhou paid a visit to Huaqiangbei police. With their help, she reviewed CCTV footage of the area where she was picked up, and identified the taxi she'd taken.

Police tracked down the driver and were eventually able to return Zhou's money.

As thanks, Zhou wrote a rave review of the Huaqiangbei station on a suggestion slip, commenting that "modern society needs this kind of police."

No word on whether she accompanied her words with a generous tip.

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