Lucky license plate worth thousands
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.