Rat ‘Publicly Shamed’ for Stealing in China

The. F*ck.

Don’t get me wrong, no one likes to be stolen from…but it’s a rat! They’re everywhere and it’s probably your fault for not storing your goods properly.

I spose I’ve got a bit of a bias as, for some really weird reason, I actually like the little rodents. I was that weird kid who stood at the end of the tube hoping to see one before the train came; Was a big fan of Scabbers in Harry Potter (before he turned out to be a dick); and Ratatouille is still one of my favourite films. I know right…I’m a bit of a legend aren’t I??


China has often turned to public shaming of burglars as a way to deter other thieves, but I’m not too sure if many rats use Weibo (a Chinese micro-blogging platform).

A user, yesterday, posted a couple of pictures showing a rat being ‘publicly shamed’ for stealing some rice. The post said:

“A friend of mine found a small rat in the warehouse of a convenience store…”

Here are the pictures:


In the first picture, the note is written from the perspective of the rat:

“Huh, is this the best you could do? Even if you beat me to death, I would not admit that the rice at your home had been stolen by me”.


In the second picture, the rat gives a ‘warning’ to others:

“I dare not do it again!”

The posts have divided opinion in China, with some pitying the rat, others going so far as hating the rat, whilst most found it funny. The owner of the shop, Lai Tiancai, brushed it off saying that “it was just a rat” and that it was a “small incident”.

What do you think?

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