Date
19 November 2017
A mainlander drops his iPhone 6 into a donation box at a Buddhist temple in Foshan. The donation was quickly rejected. A typical 'tuhao' act or a publicity stunt by the temple? You decide. Photo: Baidu
A mainlander drops his iPhone 6 into a donation box at a Buddhist temple in Foshan. The donation was quickly rejected. A typical 'tuhao' act or a publicity stunt by the temple? You decide. Photo: Baidu

Don’t do this in a Buddhist temple

It’s one place where an iPhone 6 is not a welcome giveaway.

So when a “tuhao” (Chinese putdown meaning rich but uncultured) dropped his smartphone into a donation box at a Buddhist temple in Foshan, he was quickly rebuffed.

Someone opened the box, handed back the iPhone 6 and the chastened mainlander fumbled for a few pieces of 100 yuan note to try to buy his way out of the embarrassment.

The man had come to the temple on Xi Qiao mountain to seek blessings, a ritual for which donations are gratefully accepted, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

But in cash only, according to an unnamed monk quoted by the newspaper.

Netizens had a field day excoriating the man on social media after pictures of the incident surfaced on the internet.

Others defended him, saying he meant well and did not commit any profanity.

The temple was not spared either, with commenters saying the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

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