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Female driver takes off with $6m gas card

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-10-09 16:35

A female driver picked up a gas card with an account balance of around 39 million yuan (about $6 million) on the sly in Liuzhou, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Friday.

Usually, a gas station has a main card and several secondary cards, with which attendants can pump fuel for drivers. On Oct 6, an attendant in Baisha Road station left the main card on the fuel dispenser after filling up a car. The attendant returned to get the card, only to find that the main card with the huge account balance was missing.

The attendant immediately reported the loss to the head of the gas station and checked the video footage recorded by the CCTV. The video showed that a female driver in purple had taken off with the card. Since the amount of money involved was 39 million yuan, the head of the gas station had to resort to police to retrieve the card.

The police traced the female driver after checking the vehicle information. At first, the driver denied takingthe card. When the police described what she had done in detail, she confessed her misbehavior and took the card back to the gas station. The driver was dumfounded when she heard the amount that was there in the card. She said she thought the card was left by other drivers and took it. Given thatthe driver had confessed her mistake and returned the card in time without any losses, the gas station and the police all decided not to press any charges against her.

The case generated lively online discussion, with over 80,000 people commenting on the Internet Media NetEase. Some were astonished by the huge account balance, while others argued about the female driver's misbehavior. Some even joked about the event. "Perhaps, the driver stole the 39-million-yuan gas card for the aircraft carrier," a netizen said.

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