"$4.00 is too expensive, I'll just climb these walls. No big deal."
This is probably what Ma Jei was thinking. She climbed the walls of Zhonghua Gate Castle, in Nanjing, China to dodge the $4.00 (25 yuan) entrance fee. The climb is 70 ft up the rugged stone block wall of the castle built in the 14th century. She did not have any harness or any kind of protective equipment as astonished tourists looked on.
Well, Ma Jei has just been doing this since she was a child. She would climb these walls and never once paid to get in.
One tourist said that she just suddenly ran up the wall making the climb look so easy. So, her actions encouraged some "thrifty"
tourists to do the same. Unfortunately, they weren't as lucky. Two fell and broke their legs and the police had to rescue three more stranded midway up the wall.
There are things we not only take for granted but also complain about them. So the next time you take out 4 dollar bills to spend at Starbucks, think of what other people would risk just to save it.
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