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Food delivery worker braves storm to rescue lost licence plates

He attached them to the back of his scooter the next day – and managed to find all eight owners

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2017, 2:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 August, 2017, 2:49pm

While most people were seeking shelter from a torrential downpour in the city of Hanzhong in northwest China last week, one food delivery worker was busy on his scooter collecting lost licence plates that had fallen off vehicles in the storm.

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Wu Zhenlin was making his final delivery of the evening when the rains came down on July 28. He told Shaanxi newspaper Hua Shang Daily on Monday that the water was up to 600mm on the road where he pulled over to make his final drop-off.

But as he headed home at around 9.30pm he spotted a number of licence plates that had come loose and were being blown around, so he decided to take off his shoes and wade through the water to collect them so they didn’t get washed away, the report said.

Wu found eight licence plates in one hour and attached them to the back of his scooter the next day, hoping he might find some of the owners as he made deliveries.

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Impressed by his mobile lost-and-found service, onlookers took photos of Wu on his scooter with the licence plates stacked behind him and posted them online – helping to find owners and generating some enthusiastic responses on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

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All of the licence plates were returned, and some of the owners gave Wu cash rewards for his efforts, the report said.

“I never thought about asking for money in return for helping others,” Wu was quoted as saying.

His kindness did not go unappreciated on Weibo, either. “His actions are very touching – he was caring about others on such a stormy night,” one person wrote.