Chinese Granny Vendor Proves That Not All Chinese People Are Cheap

In a gesture that disproves Chinese and Americans don’t get along well, one Chengdu vendor let a foreigner’s mistake pass because it was a “small matter.”

The diplomatic encounter took place on Tuesday when an American teacher, whose Chinese surname is Ma, stopped by a Chengdu market. According to Shanghaiist, he wanted to buy something from the elderly vendor Li, who was selling random items that included second-hand clothes.

But before Ma was able to make a purchase, he knocked a bottle of red wine out of his bag, spilling onto some of Li’s clothes.

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Immediately apologetic, Ma took out several hundred RMB from his pocket and offered them in compensation for the accident.

The wine reportedly messed up five items of clothing: two sweaters and three pairs of men’s trousers. The sweaters and pants sold for 25 RMB ($3.75) and 20 RMB ($3.00) respectively, and for Li’s makeshift store, this loss held some weight.

However, the 66-year-old was not even angry. She quickly turned down Ma’s money, saying:

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“A few old pants aren’t worth much, there’s no need, Chinese people aren’t so cheap!”

Ma said Li brushed off the situation as a “small matter,” Sichuan Daily noted. Still, the American teacher felt uneasy:

“When she didn’t take the money, I felt uncomfortable.”

In the end, the situation was settled when Ma bought a pair of pants and Li charged him 20 RMB.

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Take that Russell Peters! Not all Chinese people are cheap! :p

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