Lunch boxes, anyone?

I saw in the news that due to a snow storm, highways in Hebei were closed and many truck drivers were stranded there. As in many cases of natural disasters in China in recent years, Premier Wen Jiabao swiftly arrived to give moral support. All credit to him for making the gesture, for what it is worth.

Many Chinese people do not have such empathy though. The news said that after being held up on the road for days, the drivers suffering from cold and hunger were eventually able to grab hold of some lunch boxes, but were purchased at much inflated prices. It probably never occurred to those who were selling the food to show the least amount of sympathy to the drivers who were in peril. It was more important to rip people off, especially when they have lost their bargaining power.

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