Gaming Madness in China: Beatings, Beatings, and a Little Peeing in Internet Cafes
C. Custer | On June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am
On this week’s edition of gaming madness in China, we take a look into China’s internet cafes, where people are going absolutely berserk for some reason.
Pissed-Off Gamer Breaks Computer, Slaps Manager, Pees on the Net Cafe Floor
This one happened back in February but is just now making the rounds: In Hubei, a gamer named Chang at an internet cafe discovered, mid-game, that the computer time he had paid for was about to run out. He called over Ding, the net cafe’s manager, and demanded money be added so that his computer wouldn’t shut down when the time he had purchased ran out. The manager explained that he’d actually have to pay money because the net cafe’s perfectly reasonable policy was that they don’t activate or prolong a computer session until the customer has paid.
Chang told Ding the money was in his bank account and asked Ding to go take it out of the bank for him, but as the two were arguing, the computer shut off automatically — Chang’s time limit had run out — and he lost all his game progress. That’s when Chang flipped, punching the computer screen (which broke), then jumping up and grabbing Ding, slapping him in the face repeatedly. After that he left, but not before taking a moment to urinate on the floor of the cafe.
He was subsequently found by police and detained for 16 days for assault and willful destruction of property.
Viral Net Cafe Brawl Caused by a Coat
Be careful who you ask to move their coat. That’s the lesson one new net cafe manager learned the hard way last month when he asked a customer in a Kaiyang internet cafe to move his coat and got a beating for it. The customer, Wang, was a longtime visitor and former employee at the establishment, and considered it sort of a second home. But the manager, Guan, was new and didn’t know Wang, so when he saw Wang’s coat behind the counter he asked him to move it. Wang refused, and an argument started that culminated like this:
That’s Wang you can see in the video, jumping over the counter and smashing Guan repeatedly. By the time police showed up, Guan was a bloody mess, but since everyone knew Wang, it didn’t take long for police to track him down and arrest him.
More Beatings in Internet Cafes
And those aren’t the only recently-reported incidences of violence in net cafes, either. There’s this video of a recent throwdown somewhere in China, and QQ Games also lists reports of recent brawls in Harbin, Nanchang, Zhengzhou, and one other undisclosed location. Perhaps unsurprisingly, booze played a role in several of these fights, but all of this only further supports my opinion that internet cafes are not a place for children.
(via QQ Games)