Man trapped after jumping into wishing pond to collect coins leads monks to call police
On March 21, the local police station in Chongqing received a call from a monk at the Phoenix Temple, saying that through the temple’s surveillance video, he had seen a person in the wishing pool, sneaking in very suspicious.
In a video released on Sina Weibo, the middle-aged man crouching in the wishing pool looked panicked after seeing police. He told police he “just came down to see”. Police then inquired that the man surnamed Chen had been living odd jobs for a long time and had recently failed to find a suitable job, then came up with the idea to take the coins back. wishing to pool.
The incident sparked controversy among Chinese netizens. Some netizens said that the wish stash coins can be used to help the needy, but more netizens believe that Chen’s behavior not only “stole people’s wishes”, but more importantly, destroyed the public order.
The police helped Chen out of the pool but did not charge him with a crime because the number of coins he took was too small and the monks had no intention of pursuing the case. Chen left embarrassed after apologizing to the monks.