Stranger Gives Chinese Beggar Money Through WeChat As She Had No Cash On Hand

Image: Facebook (Fazil Irwan), Tech In Asia

Anyone who has been to China would know that almost everything can be paid using cashless methods such as WeChat. Even stores by the road accept cashless payment methods.

But not everyone knows that one of the reasons for this is because of the prevalence of counterfeit notes.

Going cashless has been something Singapore has been trying to achieve as well. Understandably, there has been some resistance.

One of the reasons is due to many of our older citizens not being as tech-savvy as their younger counterparts.

But in China though, even beggars on the street have had to adapt:

Stranger Gives Chinese Beggar Money Through WeChat As She Had No Cash On Hand

Say hello to the future. According to Mothership, a netizen named Fazil Irwan took to Facebook to share his experience with a high-tech beggar.

According to the post, Irwan was having dinner with a group of friends outside when they bumped into a beggar in need of money.

Irwan’s friend did not have cash, and so the beggar said it was okay because his friend can pay through WeChat instead.


You have to admit, if the same thing happened in Singapore, we would be more than a little surprised don’t you think?

Here is the Facebook post:

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“In my previous post, I spoke about how almost everything is transacted through WeChat in China. It so happened that some of our friends went for dinner and a beggar on the road asked for money. One of our friends told the beggar that she didn’t have cash. The beggar said it’s ok, you can pay through WeChat. And that’s what she did”

Turns out, you really can pay for almost everything with WeChat in China.

Cashless Payment Methods In China

For those who are unaware, WeChat Pay and AliPay are the predominant payment methods over in China. And going cashless is not for nothing either.

A cashless society means lesser theft and counterfeit notes. Unsurprisingly, China is the world’s largest cashless marketplace.

Would this be Singapore’s future?