Shanghai’s “Good Samaritan” a Fake?

Created: 2011-10-28 10:17 EST

Category: Life


A video showing ‘Good Samaritans’ may be a fake, the Shanghai Daily reported. The video has gone viral and several TV stations in China have picked it up. It shows people rushing to the aid of a pregnant woman. But Netizens have identified those ‘Good Samaritans,’ and even the car that was used to take the woman to a hospital, as belonging to online promotions company, Erma Shanghai.

The state-run Shanghai Daily investigated and found the pregnant woman did not match any of the patients registered at the hospital where she was supposedly admitted.

The publicity stunt, as some are calling it, comes just on the heels of the widely discussed hit-and-run case of Wang Yue, a two-year-old girl who died last Friday.

A director at the company, Wang Yang, denied the incident was staged and claimed their employees just happened to be at the right place at the right time. The company later admitted the employees had faked their identities in the video, but still claims the incident is true.

In an interview with the Shanghai Daily, Wang was quoted as saying, "I don't understand why nowadays no one actually believes in good deeds…In such a society without trust, where every helper is regarded as an actor, who would offer a helping hand to anyone?"

Besides Wang’s claim, the video is sparking more discussion on the morality of Chinese society.