After police finally got control of the scene, there was nary an apple to be found

Shanghaiist.com
Apr 5, 2018 · 2 min read

Villagers in Jiangxi province took advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime on Tuesday when a truck carrying 9 tons of apples flipped over on a nearby expressway.

Without delay, dozens of locals rushed to the scene of the crash, carrying with them bags and buckets, which they began to stuff full of fruit that had been scattered on the side of the road.

Chaos reigned and it took some time before police were finally able to get things under control. By that point, however, there was nary an apple to be found.

This kind of thing happens with startling frequency in China. Every time that a cargo of oranges, melon seeds, pears, live crabs, yogurt bottles, baby chicks, and sulfur powder is spilled out onto the street, locals frantically rush to pick up as much of it as they can — with some rare exceptions, like beehives for instance.

Supporters of this practice say that much of the produce is damaged from the crash, and would go bad anyway if they were not gathered up by opportunistic locals. Meanwhile, critics have called it nothing more than shameful looting that puts overworked drivers in an even worse spot.

Back in 2016, one truck driver tried desperately to save his stock of overturned oranges from looters in Jiangxi. Instead, he was attacked and roughed up by locals who left with bags full of fruit before police finally showed up.

[Images via Pear Video]

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