I was feeling pretty disappointed with humanity after the results at Copenhagen, but then I read this story and felt a bit uplifted. If everyone was this selfless and took only what they needed, I imagine a different result at Copenhagen would have been possible. In less than one day, this story has generated 1200 comments on Mop.
拾荒 shi2huang1 – to clean and collect scraps (to eke out an existence)
When picking up garbage and other scraps in the streets (拾荒), an elderly woman over 70 years old found 7000 RMB in the street in Tieshan mountain, Huangshi City, Hubei province. Even though the elderly woman was cold and hungry, she handed the money over to the police without a moments hesitation.
According to the authorities at Tieshan, Guo Dongrong is over 70 years old and picks up trash and waste on her way home everyday on the nearby Jianlin mountain. On the morning of the 18th, Ms. Guo was walking home as usual and discovered a tightly wrapped plastic bag filled with money near a ditch, a total of 7000 RMB. With no time to rest, the out of breath Ms. Guo finally found a police officer. The police officer and Ms. Guo went to the police station immediately and performed the necessary steps to report the missing money.
After the correct forms were filled out, it was close to 9 AM, Ms. Guo embarrassedly asked the police officer, "I still haven’t eaten breakfast, can I borrow I RMB to buy two buns?"
In amazement, and with tears in their eyes, the police started to stuff money into Ms. Guo’s hands. But Ms. Guo was stubborn and would only take 1 RMB. "Two buns only cost 1 kuai. You guys should hurry up and find the owner of the money and return it to them!"