A man in China came up with an out-of-this world idea for avoiding his hotel bills – he climbed out of his window and monkeyed onto the telephone wires.
Yes, you read that right.
The man, who remains unknown, climbed on telephone wires out the window from the 19th floor of a high-rise building. However, he wasn’t lucky enough to make his grand escape. He got tangled in the wires and got stuck.
Passersby noticed the poor man struggling in the wires and quickly called the firefighters, who were then able to rescue the man and get him safely to the ground.
The man was lucky enough that he didn’t fall to ground or step on any electricity cables as that would have resulted in a fatal accident.
It still remains unknown whether the man succeeded in getting away from the hotel bill or actually ended up paying it.
Although China claims it has lifted 700 million people out of poverty, it still remains a big issue in the country. According to government officials, more than 82 million rural Chinese still get by on less than $1 a day.
“Poverty is still a salient problem in China. It’s a tough nut to crack. Poverty is a weak point for our goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020,” said Zheng Wenkai, a vice-minister at a government office.
He further added about 200 million Chinese, or 15% of the country’s population, would be considered poor by international poverty measures at $1.25 a day.
However, most of the poverty levels refer to the rural area of the country as urban development has largely eradicated poverty from cities. The gap in development has therefore caused several other problems.
The income inequality among people living in urban and rural areas is considerable and has created a huge difference in the living standards. The large difference in lifestyle has also had great affect on the medical and education preferences of people.
These factors have thus created an unequal society. The government is also considering moving people from rural areas to cities in order to overcome the social disparities.
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