Chinese cabby saves suicidal man by getting him drunk

Quick-thinking taxi driver convinced man he also wanted to end his life then summoned police to mountain when his passenger had passed out

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 December, 2017, 4:42pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 December, 2017, 4:42pm

A cab driver in eastern China saved a suicidal passenger’s life by getting him drunk, according to local media.

The driver surnamed Wang who worked for a ride-hailing app picked up a 27-year-old man in Jiande, Zhejiang province on Tuesday afternoon, Qianjian Evening News reported on Saturday.

The man was bleeding from his wrist and asked Wang to drive him to the tallest mountain in the area so he could kill himself, the report said.

The quick-thinking driver decided to try to halt the attempt, but pretended that he also wanted to take his own life.

He then suggested that the pair should have a drink on the mountain first and bought several bottles of baijiu and two bottles of beer.

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Wang, 40, said he stuck to beer and persuaded the young man to drink baijiu – a potent spirit made from rice.

“I have not had alcohol for over 10 years,” Wang said. “Last time I drank was at my own wedding. I told the suicidal guy that I broke my rules this time.”

After they drank and talked for an hour, the young man passed out due to a combination of alcohol and emotion.

Meanwhile, local police had been looking for the man after receiving a report from his girlfriend, who warned them that he had threatened to commit suicide following an argument between the pair.

When officers called the man’s number, the now tipsy driver answered the phone and reported their whereabouts.

The young man was later sent to a local hospital, and was in a stable condition, the report said.

Wang, who worked for the ride-hailing platform Didi Chuxing, was awarded 1,000 yuan (US$150) by his employer as a thank you for saving the man’s life.