Day 237: Compensation

Bicyclist blocks path of taxi after minor accident; she is waiting for compensation

Bicyclist blocks path of taxi after minor accident; she is waiting for compensation

Compensation on the spot is a Chinese tradition that applies to a myriad of circumstances, none more common than a traffic accident. Just this morning I read a post where a taxi driver hit a scooter, knocking the rider to the ground and injuring his leg. A crowd quickly surrounded the scene. The taxi driver thrust 200 RMB (about $32 USD) at the injured rider and attempted to flee the scene, but the crowd refused to allow him to leave, arguing that the compensation wasn’t sufficient to pay for a hospital examination and an x-ray. During the argument the scooter driver took the 200 RMB and rode off.

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