Photos of a man hanging onto the back of an ambulance were shared online in China, after he was apparently beaten up trying to steal a cow.
On Feb. 9, villagers in Laibin City, Guangxi Province, caught the alleged thief and his accomplice, who was injured so badly an ambulance was called, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.
On the way to the hospital, while the nurses were busy treating the accomplice, the other man managed to open the back door and slid onto the back step, clinging onto the door handle. A nurse noticed what had happened and told the driver, but the man managed to escape when the vehicle stopped.
After two days in intensive care, the severely wounded man, a Mr. Liang, was able to talk. Both his legs were broken, his right hand and three ribs were fractured, and he had a concussion.
Mr. Liang claimed that he and his friend were intercepted while walking to a reservoir to catch some shrimp, and had not been stealing a cow. However, he would not give his friend’s name.
Many bloggers commented on the photos of the man on the back of the ambulance, mostly supporting the villagers’ actions.
One said, “Oh, it’s good that they were not stealing people.”
A second commented, “Late last year, two men in Wuzhou City drove a minivan to a neighboring village to steal their dogs. One was caught and one escaped. The thief that was caught was beaten so badly, both his arms and both his legs were broken. Even after medical treatment, he was pretty much useless. The minivan was dismantled and sold as scrap metal. This is for real!”
Research by Sophia Fang.