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Chinese villager carrying machete makes persuasive case for swindlers to return money to elderly victims

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 April, 2017, 8:29pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 April, 2017, 8:29pm

A man in southern China has taken the law into his own hands – a machete he uses for work – to persuade a group of swindlers to return a large sum of money they had cheated from his elderly neighbours, a mainland newspaper reported.

Recently, many elderly residents in Zhenlong county had fallen victim to the gang, losing from 500 yuan to more 3,000 yuan each (US$72 to US$435), according to the Southern Metropolis Daily.

The victims were conned into buying expensive but non-effective health care products and nutritional supplements, police said.

When police caught up with the gang during a raid in the village on Saturday, one of the salesmen refused to refund the money and hid in a minivan.

At that moment, Liang Xiongzhi, a 44-year-old forest worker who lives in the village, cracked open the van’s window with his machete.

Liang makes his livelihood harvesting agarwood, used in incense, and always carries the knife in his car.

The swindlers then decided it would be a good idea to return the money – more than 100,000 yuan in total – to the old folks.

“It’s very hard for older villagers to save money. If these people drove away, they would never see their money again,” said Liang.“For me, I would only have to pay for the broken window if police asked me to shoulder responsibility.”

Not surprisingly, the swindlers did not return nor seek police help, the report said.