Many of us have used the same excuse whenever a stranger walks up to us and starts begging for cash; we tell them we do not have any change to spare and then proceed to walk away. However, it seems that over in China, that excuse may no longer work as beggars have gone hi-tech with their demands
This is according to a post on Facebook by a user identified as Fazil Irwan, who recounted an instance where his friends in China were approached by a beggar. When they tried to use the “sorry, I don’t have spare change” excuse, the beggar whipped out a QR code and to his friend’s dismay, she had no choice but to give the beggar some money via WeChat Pay, a commonly used digital payment service in China and certain parts of Asia.
In his words;
“In my previous post, I spoke about how almost everything is transacted through WeChat in China. It so happened that some of our friends went for dinner and a beggar on the road asked for money. One of our friends told the beggar that she didn’t have cash. The beggar said it’s ok, you can pay through WeChat. And that’s what she did 😂”
With electronic payment continuously evolving, only time would tell what other tricks these beggars could pull out of their sleeves to outsmart future measures.