• Jan 9, 2008
The tale of this incident begins with a fantastic understatement: "Every so often, a traffic accident gets blown out of proportion in China." In America, we say things get "blown out of proportion" when a parking lot fender bender turns into a screaming match. In this case, "blown out of proportion" means something that would bring out tear gas and riot gear in the States.

What happened to the Buick you see above didn't happen in the car accident. The woman driving this Buick through Nankai University campus bumped into a bicyclist, leaving her car with a scratch. That was the accident. She got out and demanded an apology, and then demanded payment for damages. Other students began to gather, and because the woman's Buick didn't have a permit to allow her to drive on campus, their first question was where was she from and what was she doing on campus. Her response was "If I produce my identification document you should be scared to death."

The police came. The driver's mother and brother came. Campus security came. Teachers came. And more -- a lot more -- students came. After the driver's brother assaulted a student who tried to further scratch the Buick, that's when things got, as they say, "blown out of proportion." The amassed students had their way with the car, and a 10-inch scratch turned into something more like a salvage title writeoff. Click the link to get the full story. And if you make it over to Beijing for the Olympics, try not to upset the students.

Thanks for the tip, Kevin!

[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Think it might be time to lock the comments on this one, AutoBlog. Prejudice and bigotry abound...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seriously - Americans judging Chinese people. As someone who's worked and traveled for business extensively in Asia and Europe I'm finding it a bit ironic that we criticize China for the same things other people criticize US for. Americans - being really quite uneducated as far as nations go yet denying it - just don't realize it.
      nairb47
      • 7 Years Ago
      maybe the buick had lead paint on it
      • 7 Years Ago
      when they say "blown out of proportion", they were probably talking about the chinese cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When the reaction to a particular situation seems disporportionate, when conflict escalates to a mob mentality, one can often point to a much larger social and political reality that is at the root of great frustration, boiling beneath a very delicate surface. Conditions in China could be considered as the real origin of this violence.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha Ha. I guess THAT showed 'er. Stay in your flipping car and try watching where you're going next time. I feel like doing the same thing to certain people who believe only they are entitled to life's right-of-way. Tearing a car up sure would alleviate the pent up stuff,eh?
      imrbill
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is NO I repeat NO hope for this WORLD We are self destructing
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would say "Viva Student Protests" or "Make Love Not War"
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am sure Little Miss High Class got a rude awakening about her attitude.. ROFL!!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Much like the lead in children's toy story, this story is used to make China look bad internationally.
      • 7 Years Ago
      two words. Kent State.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This does not serve Global perception well- for anyone involved. It would appear that Security and Police there have absolutely no effective authority. I don't want to think about what would have happened if police were assaulted on a campus here in the US. the result certainly wouldn't be the police withdrawing.
      I had to chuckle at the remark
      "Then we broke all the windows on the car and nearly ripped the car doors out. It was quite a scene. But the car was solidly built as the front window never came off."
      Still built like a Buick.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I somehow think that if a few security guards and police officers were caught in a minor riot in the US, they would be fairly powerless too. What could they do? Can't shoot people. Unless you had riot gear, there's really no way to fight back.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, if you pull the "I'm higher class than you" card in a country that follows an ideology of "For the workers" you can expect to get smacked down.

        I hope this spoiled little girl learned her fracking lesson.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It comes back to a basic lack of respect- especially among an "educated" populace. Further, no one involved appears to have any faith in the polices ability (or perhaps willingness) to handle the problem. Incident happens -> call a cop -> write a ticket -> life goes on.
        Sure we Riot and burn a few cars in East Lansing- but that because we won the NCAA Chamionship
        I still like the way the Irish used to disperse rioters in the 80's- hose everyone down. Cold and wet people usually become rather dis-interested with some fender bender.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There was a riot in Lansing when they lost in the final four. And no action was ever taken against those students. You're making a lot of overarching claims based on one incident here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        IIRC, many students were arrested and prosecuted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      HAHA It's called KARMA, that's what you get!! The students should have given the woman, her mother and brother... wedgies!!
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