When we acquire something new, we often offer a prayer of thanks and even throw a thanksgiving party. In China, you can do that by burning incense sticks and offering some gifts to the gods.
One man in China, however, has surely regretted his offering when the incense sticks he burned in prayer actually led to his car becoming totally damaged.
The unnamed guy hails from Yangzhou, Jiangsu province in eastern China. According to reports, he acquired the BMW at twice its selling price in the US, mostly because of the huge tariffs and taxes imposed on imported luxury goods.
But the guy did not mind shelling out nearly half a million yuan (nearly US$80,000) for his dream car. If I had that kind of money, I might have also splurged that much on my dream car!
On the day he got the BMW, the man was seen setting up incense sticks taller than a human, placing these about a meter away from the brand new vehicle. There were also all sorts of offering, like some fruits, set up in front of the car.
An elderly woman was seen assisting the guy set up a red banner over the hood, before placing some dishes filled with more offering.
But the joyous moment soon turned into horror for this young man after the car caught fire. Perhaps, the incense tower fell towards the car and lit up the cloth and the offerings he placed there but the man was unsure because he had left the worshipping ceremony for a while to get inside his house.
“(I) just lit some joss sticks. It was very far (from the car). Twenty minutes later a neighbour told me my car was on fire,” he shared.
It took firefighters some 10 minutes to put the fire out, but by then it was too late…
Sadly, photos of the damaged vehicle showed that it looks like it was beyond repair. We’re not even sure of the insurance company will cover the damage, especially after his story had gotten viral…
Source: South China Morning Post