Global Times reports on a story that took place in Kunming, which is in China’s Southwest Yunnan Province. This is apparently true, bizarre as it may sound.
Four travelers were on a business trip, and had purchased 30 kilograms (or about 66 pounds) worth of oranges for 50 CNY (~7.75 USD). That’s a great price, and they figured they might as well take some home with them.
Unfortunately they failed to consider checked bag fees. When they checked in for their flight, they were informed that they’d have to pay a 300 CNY (~46.50 USD) fee to take the oranges with them, which comes out to 10 CNY per kilogram. This was apparently “more than they could afford,” so they decided not to pay that.
Instead they allegedly spent 20-30 minutes just eating all of the oranges. We’re talking about 66 pounds of oranges:
- Split between four people, that’s like nearly 17 pounds of oranges per person
- Based on some quick research, it looks like on average there are about five oranges in a kilogram
- That means the four passengers ate somewhere around 150 oranges, or just under 40 oranges per person
The passengers reported that they suffered from ulcers following this, and that they never want to eat oranges again. I can’t blame them.
Four travelers in China allegedly ate 30 kilograms worth of oranges in order to avoid checked bag fees. Yow. One has to wonder if there wasn’t some other creative option here, like throwing away some of the oranges and carrying on the rest.
Furthermore, at the point that they decided they weren’t going to pay the checked bag fees the oranges were a sunk cost. I could see consuming one or two oranges before throwing out the rest, but consuming all of them? That’s on a different level…