Forced Evictions in China and a Bucket of Scorpions
August 30, 2011 | by MDeeDubroff

Straight out of a Grade B horror flick, residents of an apartment complex in Shenzen, China, which borders Hong Kong, woke to find hundreds of scorpions invading their homes and covering their floors.

In the case of one frightened tenant, a scorpion crawling over his body awakened him. When he turned on the light, he found many more, creeping and crawling all over his bedroom.

It is believed that a real estate developer, in an attempt to force evictions, is behind the horrible horde of 110 pounds of living, stinging scorpions!

Residents told the press that a man carrying a large bucket was seen walking from the apartment’s development office and dumping the contents into open windows. Currently, the company is trying to evict the residents in favor of a more profitable construction project.

The company denies these allegations on the grounds that their deal was sealed with the construction company and that there would be no need to force evictions.

The apartments in question are slated for demolition, but homeowners have not yet signed anything as they are awaiting compensation settlements.

Police and residents spent 24 hours hunting down the scorpions and removing them from homes.

Forced evictions and the denial of full compensation by greedy developers happen often in China, and it is a major source of social discontent.

Check out this video below depicting the dynamic nature of this terrible trend…and watch where you walk! You never know what might be underfoot.

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M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
  • and if anyone had been stung and died????

    If it is proven, the guy should face multiple attempted murder charges.

  • The japanese seem to have this issue right. I'd hate to have the goverment come to me and tell me to move because they want to build something where i'm living, it's not right. I dunno if that building's stable though…

    • It's all about land rights, you can't buy an apartment with or without the land rights. If it has land rights, you're safe, if it doesn't, it has the potential of being torn down later and replaced. It's a risk that Chinese are aware of when buying and assume the risk. Of course, an apartment with land rights is much more expensive.

  • If a landlord did that to me I'd give him a nice Glasgow Smile…

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