Passengers Sustain Mouth Ulcers After Eating 30kg Of Oranges To Avoid Baggage Fee
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Four passengers in China sustained mouth ulcers after wolfing down 30kg of oranges to avoid paying an extra baggage fee.
The men were at an airport in Kunming, in the country's southwest Yunnan Province, when they were told they would be charged 10 yuan (£1/$1.56) for every kilogram of the box of oranges they had bought on their business trip.
Realising this would set them back 300 yuan (£34/$46), they decided to do what any of us wouldn't do in that situation and eat the whole lot.
Remarkably, they managed in about half an hour - though the foolish feat left them with mouth ulcers.
According to the Global Times, one of the passengers said: "We just stood there and ate the whole thing up. It took about 20 to 30 minutes.
"We never want to have any oranges again."
Sure, it may not have been the most sensible of decisions, but something about the airport environment seems to cloud people's judgement - and these fellas are far from the first to do something daft in a bid to avoid excess fees.
In 2019, Gel Rodriguez, from Davao City in the Philippines, rocked up at the airport with 9kg of luggage - 2kg more than the maximum weight allowance.
Rather than frantically purchasing a bonus bag and paying an excess baggage fee, Gel decided to remove her heaviest items from her luggage and wear them; this meant donning numerous jackets, shirts and trousers alllllll at once.
Having successfully shed 2.5kg of weight from her luggage, Gel managed to avoid paying the excess fee.
She subsequently posted a celebratory picture of herself in her plentiful garms on Facebook, along with the hashtag #ExcessBaggageChallengeAccepted.
The post was huge, receiving more than 33,000 likes and 20,000 shares.
But despite the financial and viral success of her frugal ploy, Gel said she probably wouldn't do it again.
Speaking to Vice, she said: "I didn't want to pay the fee for the excess baggage because it was only two kilograms. If I had known it would go viral, I would have posed better.
"It was really hot. I don't recommend other people do it."
So unless you wanna risk putting yourself off oranges or clothes for good, plan ahead.