How far would you go to save a few bucks? Jump the turnstile? Cut in line? Shop at Walmart? Duct tape your boots? Slackers! Each and every one of you. Compared to Ma Jei, who climbed the Great Wall of China to avoid a £2.50 admission fee, cheapskates everywhere officially take a backseat.
For starters, just look at this picture of her scaling the wall. It is preposterously scary.
Ma Jei scrambled 70 feet up a virtually sheer wall side without ropes or safety equipment. Her efforts were a success, but did cause a few people to try and emulate her. Two tourists fell and broke their legs, while three others had to be rescued by police.
“She ran up the wall like a goat and made it look easy. But when people tried it for themselves they saw it wasn’t quite as simple as they thought,” explained one tourist to the Daily Mail.
Apparently, the woman grew up in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, climbing the walls of Zhonghau Castle since childhood and had never once paid to get in there either. She figured the same tactic could probably work at the Great Wall of China.
Wasn’t the intention of the wall to keep people out? Talk about a total failure of Chinese engineering.