Lucky li­cense plate worth thou­sands

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - China - LIAONING

A five-star ho­tel in Guangzhou even­tu­ally agreed to re­fund the cost of a cus­tomer’s meal af­ter the diner found a 1.5-cen­time­ter worm in his plate of fresh oys­ters. The man, sur­named Lu, had gone to eat at one of the ho­tel’s restau­rants on Aug 18 with four of his friends. The ho­tel, in the city’s Tianhe district, ini­tially re­fused to re­fund the cost of Lu’s meal, ar­gu­ing that the sea worm posed no haz­ard to his health. Lu sought po­lice help and, af­ter sev­eral hours of ne­go­ti­a­tions, the ho­tel re­lented and agreed to re­fund the cost of his meal. A woman in Chaoyang who was ran­domly as­signed the li­cense plate NB8888 for her new car man­aged to sell it on for 220,000 yuan ($33,000) on Aug 5. The uniden­ti­fied woman said she was sur­prised to have been given a plate with such an aus­pi­cious num­ber for her car, which is only worth 69,800 yuan. The num­ber eight is widely con­sid­ered to be lucky in China, and li­cense plates that fea­ture more than one are of­ten auc­tioned off by car own­ers. A man who pep­per-sprayed se­cu­rity guards at Hankou Rail­way Sta­tion on Aug 20 has been de­tained. The man, who was trav­el­ing with his girl­friend, was stopped dur­ing a rou­tine se­cu­rity check while at­tempt­ing to en­ter the sta­tion at 5:40 pm. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers found the spray in his pos­ses­sion and at­tempted to con­fis­cate it, but the man re­fused to hand it over. In­stead, he pep­per­sprayed the se­cu­rity of­fi­cers as well as sev­eral other trav­el­ers, cre­at­ing chaos in the sta­tion. Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived soon af­ter to de­tain the man.

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