|英语热词：“碰瓷者”成笑柄 porcelain bumping|
//english.dbw.cn 2017-03-15 10:54:40
The scam may be as old as the automobile itself: A fraudster throws himself in front of a vehicle and demands that the driver pay for his self-inflicted (or nonexistent) injuries. But in an age of ever-present cameras, it’s getting a lot harder to pull off.
There are scores of videos online that capture these scams, known in China as “pengci,” or “porcelain bumping.”
Some attempts have resulted in broken bones or even death on the part of the “professional porcelain bumpers,” as they are known.
There is no reliable information on the scale of the fraud, and it is usually not prosecuted. For many victims, paying a bit of cash is preferable to arguing with the perpetrator.
The term “pengci” derives from the practice of dishonest shopkeepers placing a porcelain item in a spot where it was likely to get knocked over and broken, allowing them to claim damages from the “clumsy” customer, said David Schak, an anthropologist at Griffith University in Australia.
Videos of the modern scam started appearing on China’s internet several years ago, and the perpetrators have become the butt of jokes and a source of public entertainment.
Author： Source：qq.com Editor：Yang Fan