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Post time 2017-7-25 10:16:03 |Display all floors
(Shanghaiist) A foreigner in Beijing is being praised on Chinese social media for showing a scrap collector a bit of human kindness by helping him pick up his bottles that had been scattered to the street by the wind.According to a resident who filmed the scene from his window on Tuesday, the weather outside at the time was very windy, causing some of the plastic bottles that the scrap collector had gathered up to scatter across the bike lane.
While many passersby took notice of this unfortunate incident, only one man actually stopped to help. After seeing what happened, the foreigner promptly jumped into the bike lane to aid the man in picking up the bottles and placing them back in his bag.

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Post time 2017-7-25 10:18:12 |Display all floors
Chinese Weibo users have cheered the foreigner for his thoughtfulness and willingness to act. "This kind of foreigner should definitely be on the A-level!" wrote one netizen, referring to recently-instituted expat ranking system in China.
Meanwhile, others have drawn big conclusions from this small act of kindness. "This just goes to show that foreigners' 'suzhi' (quality) is higher than Chinese," commented another Weibo user.
However, other netizens have argued that the only reason that this incident is getting any attention is because the man was a foreigner. "If this was a Chinese person, would you still be glorifying him so lavishly?" asked a web user.

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Post time 2017-7-25 10:27:40 |Display all floors
The person who said "If this was a Chinese person, would you still be glorifying him so lavishly?" is exactly the kind we don't want in society, which could be millions of people or even higher.
I forgot how to forget.

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Post time 2017-7-25 19:07:51 |Display all floors
Always one spolit little brat ruins it with a silly comment...
if it was a Chinese citizen I doubt he would have even read the article
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Post time 2017-7-25 22:31:33 |Display all floors
Stretching the topic a bit perhaps, but anyway....

Where I live in China, small scale scrap collectors (who at least give an impression of China recycling something) are actually given negative image by the local government and parts of society.

The reason is, that by recycling stuff, they remove material that would otherwise go to incinerators that are the primary way of disposing trash here. The incinerators need stuff to burn to produce electricity, which the plant operators want to sell to the grid in order to cover the costs of building the plants. Currently the demand for trash is bigger than the supply.

So due to vested interests, scrap collecting and recycling is not actually promoted here.

There are separate rubbish bins outside our house for recyclable and non-recyclable waste, but unless some old neighbourhood lady or scrap collector digs in and picks the usable stuff out, both bins get gathered and mixed to same van and taken to incinerators.

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Post time 2017-7-26 10:58:10 |Display all floors
"If this was a Chinese person, would you still be glorifying him so lavishly?" asked a web user.

The question is, are there Chinese people who will help?

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Post time 2017-7-27 11:09:08 |Display all floors
I have some respect for recyclers, more than for consumers anyway.

If consumers were a little considerate, there wouldn't be such a mess everywhere and China would be I a better condition.

Recyclers are needed, unfortunately, so that the careless masses of consumers can go on wasting resources.

Not infrequently, however, the recyclers add to the mess on the ground, as when they forage in a rubbish container for recyclables. What they leave on the ground is not what the residents nearby want to lie there.

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