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Highway robbery: Chinese wedding cars besieged by beggars peddling phoney fortunes

Newlyweds and their guests forced to pay off bandits who block their way on the streets of central China

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 October, 2017, 3:52pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 October, 2017, 3:52pm

A group of beggars in central China have been warned by police for blocking wedding motorcades and demanding “lucky money”.

About a dozen men and women in Guangshan county, Henan province were filmed surrounding wedding cars on Thursday, news portal reported.

In the video, the group, which included some children, first stopped a black wedding sedan in the middle of the road and begged its occupants for cash.

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When another motorcade of red cars came from the opposite direction, half of the beggars rushed to block its path. The vehicles were allowed to move on only after passengers handed over money.

China’s National Day holiday, which falls on October 1, is a popular time to get married, and wedding cars decorated with flowers and ribbons are easy to spot in the street.

Police eventually broke up the begging frenzy and several people were taken in for questioning, the report said, adding that they were later released with a caution.