Crooked Crash

According to a report in Henan’s East Daily News, primary school students were holding class in a school in Dinglaojia Village (丁老家村) in Dancheng County (郸城) in Henan’s Zhoukou City (周口市) on May 20 when a sedan suddenly crashed into the classroom wall, injuring 12 students. Immediately after the crash, the driver pulled off the vehicle’s license plate and fled the scene. It was subsequently found discovered the car was an official vehicle registered with the local tax bureau, which then cut a deal with top leaders of Dinglaojia Village under which each of the students was entitled to a 3,800 yuan “terror fee” (惊吓费). But the agreement made the condition that children must be immediately discharged from the hospital before the money could be claimed, presumably to avoid further scandal. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to QQ.com, an evilly grinning red sedan sits before a group of injured and weeping children. A skinny arm emerges from the driver’s side window, handing out golden coins.

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