An embarrassing incident for a Beijing woman on a subway train has angered thousands of netizens in China.
The woman was caught out wearing a false silicone stomach on the train in an attempt to encourage people to offer her a seat as a pregnant woman. When the ruse failed, she had the nerve to lodge a complaint on Monday about the fake stomach’s poor quality, a local newspaper reported.
The woman, surnamed Zhang, brought the complaint to Liyuan Industrial and Commercial Bureau, bureau staff told The Beijing News.
Zhang told the staff she bought the fake stomach online after she came across a post advertising silicone stomachs. She said the post claimed the fake stomachs were “very realistic” and could enable a woman to pretend to be pregnant.
Zhang said she paid 300 yuan for the fake stomach – after some bargaining.
But when she wore it on the train, the belt tying it to her waist came loose. The fake belly dropped to the ground. Zhang admitted she was “found out and mocked” by other passengers.
She subsequently launched a complaint about the product’s quality.
But the Liyuan Industrial and Commercial Bureau refused to take the complaint seriously, the report said. The bureau said Zhang had not “purchased or used commodities, or received services, as a consumer should for daily use”. It said she had not acted in accordance with consumer law in China.
The incident enraged Chinese netizens on Wednesday. Thousands vented their contempt for Zhang.
“I can’t believe how disgraceful this woman is,” one said.
“This is the most shameless complaint in history,” another said.
China’s official newspaper Peope's Daily's website, people.com.cn, published a commentary on Wednesday, condemning Zhang’s lack of ethics. Its headline read: “Fake pregnant woman exposed” and then asked: “Who exactly shows the poor quality.”
China’s most popular online shop, Taobao.com, sells silicone stomachs as acting props. They come in different sizes. Prices range from 318 to 1,650 yuan.
Beijing's subway system is among the most crowded in the world. It delivered over 2.1 billion rides in 2012 according to a study of Beijing Subway.