This is a bit unbelievable but a woman in China has been exposed for always begging at a train station even when it was confirmed that she is a millionaire. Stories have it that she just enjoys begging.
The 79-year-old woman spent most of her time begging at a train station in Hangzhou, China. She was recently exposed as a relatively rich pensioner who lives in a 5-storey villa and owns several retail stores and rental properties in the city, yet preferred to beg.
The woman’s story made national news headlines last week, after staff at Hangzhou’s East Railway Station started broadcasting an unusual message from loudspeakers warning passers-by not to fall for the granny’s story because she is not what she appears to be.
The woman’s son also joined in the campaign to stop her mother from begging. He told reporters that their family is considerably wealthier than the average family in China. He said they were living in a lavish villa, own several properties, some of which they rent to local business, and he himself manages a family factory. The man added that he told his mother to stop begging numerous times, but she refuses to listen.
“I told her that it’s fine if she doesn’t care about her reputation, but we do,” the son said. “I serve her delicious meals every day, but she just insists on going out to beg. In terms of money, she is a lot richer than most of the people here. She has savings in a few banks around here.”
The 79-year-old woman reportedly started off by selling maps at the railway station, but the management there disapproved of her little side hustle, so she started begging instead. She arrives there every morning at around 10 am and doesn’t leave until 8 in the evening. According to some sources, she makes around 300 yuan per day, reports Oddity Central.
The online community is divided on the woman’s story. While some people condemn her from deceiving poorer people to scam them out of money she doesn’t really need, others are of the opinion that her behaviour must be motivated by loneliness and boredom, and blamed the son for not spending enough time with her. The man dismissed the accusation though, saying that his mother already lives with his family, but that’s it’s impossible for him to keep an eye on her all the time as he needs to work.
Shanghaiist reports that the woman claimed that she simply doesn’t want to sit at home all day and resorts to begging in order to make enough money to hire a caretaker for herself when she gets older. The big question is, what about all that money her son said she has in bank accounts? If it’s true she had such huge reserves in the bank and also had property some of which she rented out, then the woman’s argument is flawed.