Which costs more? An RMB4,000 table at Ultraviolet in Shanghai or a single baozi from a hole in the wall in Henan? If you answered Ultraviolet, you have clearly underestimated the fallacy of Alipay and the stupidity of one individual.
An unidentified man in Henan Province managed to pay RMB140,000 for a single baozi. The man, known only by his Ali account name 'X Hongwei,' mistakenly entered the wrong amount on Alipay.
Amazingly, the man still has not come forward to get his refund and seemingly didn’t notice that his bank account was over USD22,000 lighter. Only while going through the end of month accounts did the shop discover the anomaly. He Liuzhu, the owner of the shop, told Techweb that he had waited for the man to return and when the man never came back, he contacted Alipay customer service to try to return the money.
Liuzhu's theory is that the man had entered his six-digit pin code into the payment screen instead and had left without realizing the mistake.
The amazing honesty of the shop owner must be credited, however, serious credit has to go to ‘X Hongwei.’ The levels of sheer dopiness on display were off the charts.
Incidentally, ‘X Hongwei’ smashed the previous world record for the most expensive steamed bun. The previous record had been held by Chef Chan Kowk Keung in Hong Kong, who created a dried abalone, dried sea cucumber and dried fish maw king bun which retailed for about USD2,178.