Monday, November 23, 2015

Woman, presumed dead, found living in Internet cafes, playing 'CrossFire' for 10 years

A woman, who left her home in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang 10 years ago, was found by police officers on November 20 after a routine check on an Internet cafe.

The woman, nicknamed Xiao Yun, now aged 24, left her home after a tiff with her parents.

Xiao was nabbed with a fake ID and was taken to a local police station for questioning. She revealed she had been living in Internet cafes for the past decade. She said she spent her days playing CrossFire, an online first-person shooter game and slept mostly in cafes and bath houses.

Xiao mostly relied on the generosity of other cafe patrons and occasionally worked as a cashier at some cafes to earn extra income.

She told the police that she had been brought up by her grandparents.

Police fined her with 1,000 yuan (P7,300) and took her to her mother, who had not changed her phone number since her daughter left home, hoping Xiao would contact her.

"I have a stubborn personality and a short temper, so I used to scold her. But it's already been 10 years and now she's an adult. I will never scold her again," she said.

[Photo: Dan Chung/Guardian. Not related to subject.]

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