The costume might be smiling but the woman inside the suit is definitely not. Under the hot sun in Jinan, she takes photos with tourists for one to five yuan (~0.20 to 1 dollar) per photo.
She’s 70-years-old and had to do work that’s ‘harder than working in the fields’ to earn money for her family’s medical bills, according to a report in South China Morning Post.
The costume is heavy and the head of the suit traps heat, making her take regular breaks to keep on working. Every time a child comes along, she has to bend down to chat with them, then pose on command.
Ying Peizhi, a farmer from nearby Dezhou had to come out and work because her husband has a heart condition which requires him to take medication regularly. As a result of his heart disease, he was not able to work as well.
The main revenue for her household came from her son and her daughter-in-law who works in the field and did odd jobs to make ends meet.
Tragedy struck last year and her daughter-in-law was allegedly hit by a car. She remained in a coma in the hospital till date.
That was when Ying decided to put on Minnie Mouse and come out to work.
She said she borrowed it from a show business company and hoped that what little extra she could earn will be enough to save her family, which she said is near to financial collapse.
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