Is this the worst ‘crash for cash’ attempt ever? Elderly man stumbles towards a parked car, slowly collides into the bonnet before demanding money from the driver for ‘hitting him’
- Pensioner slammed onto the car in a slow motion before falling ‘painfully’
- He asked for compensation from the driver as soon as she got out of her car
- But when the driver wanted to call the police, he stood up and walked away
- The elderly man’s act in Dalian, China, has been ridiculed by internet users
A pensioner’s extremely unconvincing ‘crash for cash’ attempt has been caught by a surveillance camera in a Chinese city.
The elderly man can be seen stumbling towards a parked car, slamming himself onto the bonnet before pretending to fall to the ground painfully.
He then accused the driver of hitting him and asked for cash compensation right away, according to accounts.
The pensioner is seen staggering towards the white car parked on a road in Dalian, China
The video then shows him smashing his body against the car’s bonnet and falling to the ground
The incident reportedly took place in the city of Dalian at noon on February 20.
The female driver, named Li Yan, said she had parked the car by the side of a road in front of a convenience store for about 30 minutes.
She said she had been sitting in the car to make an important phone call.
‘Suddenly, I saw a grandpa dashing towards me from afar as if he was in a 100-metre race,’ Ms Li told Beijing Youth Daily.
The young woman said at first she did not understand what was going on, and seconds later the pensioner was already lying on her bonnet.
‘I was still on the phone and was shocked,’ she added.
The driver quickly realised she could have been the victim of an attempted ‘crash for cash’ scam.
She said she got off the car to challenge the pensioner, but was told by him that he had been hit by her and wanted financial compensation.
The motorist told the pensioner she would call the police.
The elderly man pretends to hit the ground in a painful state after slowly colliding into the car
He sits on the kerb before standing up and walking away to avoid meeting police officers
Speaking to Chinese video news site Pear, Ms Li claimed that she also found two pedestrians and a worker at the convenient store who were willing to be her eyewitnesses.
‘As soon as he heard I was going to call the police, he got up and left,’ Ms Li told Pear, adding that her car was scratched by him during the process.
The elderly man’s act has been ridiculed by internet users after footage of the incident was shared online.
Some joked the pensioner should be a professional actor and try for an Oscar; others demand the police look into the matter properly to prevent the man from scamming other people.
Ms Li told the press she later withdrew the report to the police because she feared the investigation could cost her too much time and energy.
It is understood that the pensioner walked away without any injuries and the Dalian police have not launched an investigation into the attempted scam.