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A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai

These few days in Shanghai, Lao Qiu lives in the car. In order to find a way for selling apples by car, he does nucleic acid tests every day.

At 3 pm on April 28, the reporter arrived at Panjing Road near Yangnan Road, Luodian Town, Baoshan District, Shanghai.

A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai
A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai

There are some local sanitation trucks and urban management law enforcement vehicles on the scene. Some rotten apples had been shoveled into the back compartment of the sanitation truck: “Most of them are indeed broken, and we picked out some good ones .”

A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai
A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai

In a refrigerator car, there are four small baskets of apples that are still in good condition, and the owner of the car, who is also the owner of the batch of apples, is Lao Qiu, a 44-year-old from Huludao, Liaoning Province.

Reporter: Where did these apples come from?

Lao Qiu: On April 22, I pulled five thousand kilograms of apples from Jinzhou, Liaoning, and drove to Shanghai overnight. I arrived at night on the 23rd. I found that the wholesale market in the western suburbs was banned from trading, so I wanted to come to Baoshan because I used to come here to pull goods, I thought about retailing apples. But when I came, I found that there was no one on the street at all. I have been to the surrounding Youyi Road and Mudanjiang Road, the apples were not sold for a few days, and they were slowly rotten, so I thought that they could only be dumped.

A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai
A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai

Reporter: What about after the collapse?

Lao Qiu: It was the night of the 26th. I saw that it was a wasteland and there was some construction waste. I thought it would be all right if I just dumped it. I didn’t expect the police to call me the next day and asked me to go to the police station. Only then did I know that someone posted this on the Internet, and the police found me through surveillance.

A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai
A Large number of Apples Were Thrown on the Roadside in Shanghai

After explaining the situation at the police station, Lao Qiu was fined 200 yuan by the local urban management for littering.

In his refrigerated car, the co-pilot was covered with his bedding, more than 10 used masks were hung on the steering wheel lever, and there were two boxes of leftover instant noodles on the dashboard. These things were given to him at the police station after the police knew his situation…

It cost 20,000 yuan to buy this batch of apples, as well as nearly 2,000 yuan in fuel costs along the way. Lao Qiu admitted that he was a little “impulsive” this time.

“On April 19th, I pulled a truck from Shandong to Chongming for a guaranteed supply of vegetables. I was connected with a cooperative and got a pass. The journey went smoothly. I just wanted to go back to my hometown and get some apples. There are farmers who grow apples, and I don’t want to make more money. The wholesale price is 3.6 yuan per kilogram, and it is enough to sell for 6 or 8 yuan per kilogram here.”

These few days in Shanghai, Lao Qiu lives in the car. In order to find a way for selling apples by car, he does nucleic acid tests every day. He uses almost all the money. When he opens the WeChat wallet on his mobile phone, the balance is just more than 500 yuan…

Lao Qiu said bluntly that he hasn’t thought about the next plan yet: “I’m earning shipping fees. I just bought this refrigerator this year. It cost nearly 200,000 yuan, and the loan needs to be repaid more than 5,000 yuan per month. I want to take orders again, but I’ve been to Shanghai before, cars that have been to Shanghai were not allowed to get off the expressway in many places, so I’m just thinking about waiting for Shanghai to unblock, it is said that the closure will be lifted soon. I’m thinking about bringing some goods from Shanghai at that time and then going out…”

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Nancy Huang
I'm a journalist in Shenzhen, China. I have been working in several news agencies in China since 2008.

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