Caixin
Caixin Global – Latest China News & Headlines

Home >

ABOUT US

CX Tech is Caixin Global's real-time tech news portal, featuring 24-hour news, short-form analysis, and roundups from business and tech media in China.

LATEST
China’s Tighter Tech Laws Could Stymie U.S. Demands for Data Handover, Legal Expert Says
China Chip Exec Says Crunch Could End by Mid-2022
Air Taxi Developer’s Listing Shows Tencent Can’t Shake Its Flying Car Dreams
Apple Hopes Cheaper IPhones Will Woo Chinese Customers
Two Chinese Tech Stocks Sizzle on Latest Hot Concept in Virtual Reality
China Tech Stocks Stumble in Rush Back Toward Bull Market
WeRide Joins With Carmaker, Courier to Commercialize Self-Driving Delivery Vans
JD.com-Backed Dada’s Autonomous Delivery Investment Undercuts Revenue Jump
Non-Innovative Medtech Companies Are Winning Too Much Venture Capital, Official Says
Chipmaker SMIC Inks Deal With Shanghai for $8.8 Billion Factory
Tech Insider: EV Sales a Mixed Bag, MediaTek Stays on Top, Xiaomi’s New Direction
BGI’s Gene Sequencer Spin-Off Approved for Shanghai IPO
Smartphone Giant Xiaomi Officially Revs Up Smart Car Business
China’s GPS Alternative Gets Regulatory Roadmap in Push to Boost Adoption
Meituan Faces Fresh Regulatory Trouble Over Mobike Acquisition
China Hammers Mobile Gaming Industry With Tough New Limits
ByteDance Acquires China’s Largest Virtual Reality Headset Maker
Microchip Design Specialist Arm China Takes a Turn Into Autonomous Driving
Tech Insider: Self-Flying Hopeful EHang Runs Into Turbulence, Chipmaker Arm China Joins Auto Drive, iQiyi Gives Up on Its Idols
Self-Flying Vehicle Specialist EHang Hits Earnings Turbulence
Trending in China: A Beijing Bureaucrat Worked as Delivery Driver for a Day and Earned Just $6

Heather Mowbray / Apr 29, 2021 07:43 PM / Trending Stories

What’s trending?

#副处长送外卖12小时赚41元#

The hashtag Deputy-Director-Earns-41-Yuan-For-12-Hours-Work-As-Delivery-Driver was trending on Thursday, with 500 million views and 34,000 comments.

Beijing Satellite TV Wednesday reported on the experience of official Wang Lin, as he attempted to reach his goal of earning 100 yuan ($15.5) in a day on the road as a food-delivery driver in the run-up to the Labor Day holidays. Wang, a deputy director at Beijing’s Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security, made less than half his expected income after 12 hours on the job, saying the experience left him feeling “humiliated”. Wang said to camera, “This money is just too hard to earn,” as he sat exhausted on the curb as his shift ended at 9 p.m.

What’s the story?

Images from the video posted on the Weibo account of local paper The Beijing News listed the government human resources expert’s impossible deadlines. For one delivery, Wang was meant to arrive in 14 minutes, but his Satnav told him it would take 24 minutes, leaving the food cold. Another trip took the temporary driver an hour but netted him just 6.6 yuan, after he was fined 60% for taking too long.

In response to a video posted by Beijing Satellite TV on Wednesday, takeout delivery services Ele.me and Meituan Dianping said they will no longer fine drivers for delayed deliveries, and have updated their apps to reflect the change.

Nanjing Daily News posted a positive social media message under the Beijing News story, saying that officials should experience ordinary people’s lives before making policies on their behalf, as they could “hardly understand the risks people take if they just sit in the office.” The post added, “We hope others follow the deputy director’s praiseworthy example.”

What are people saying online?

Pointing the finger at the delivery services, one comment said, “The platform deducts 60% as a fine, but the money doesn’t go to the client, so where does it go?”

But some social media commenters appear to have had enough of such pitiful stories. “Shaming consumers is one thing, but our legal rights should also be guaranteed. Late or wrong delivery is understandable, but haven’t there been some instances of attacks on female consumers? Delivery staff should have at least basic credentials to get the job.” Another wrote in a similar vein, “Delivery service is hard, and delivery time should be relaxed, but late delivery shouldn’t be cost-free. If there’s no penalty, the customer will suffer.”

One Weibo user disagreed in a popular comment, “Bad drivers are a minority. Most are hardworking and deserve our respect.”

Regarding the official’s action, one reader commented, “Only if you came from the masses and are in touch with the masses, can you uncover problems.” And another said, “If I knew it was the deputy director, I would have taken a selfie with him.”

Related: China Probes Meituan in Expanded Antitrust Crackdown

Share this article
Open WeChat and scan the QR code