Cheapskates in China are renting ladders from locals to avoid buying tickets to zoos and wildlife parks. Lets hope they don't give the animals inside any ideas.
The Qinlling Wildlife Park in Xi'an, China is surrounded by high stone walls, presumably to keep lions, tigers and other toothy beasts safely inside the park. Maybe those walls should be raised higher – not so much to keep the creatures in but to keep cheapskates out.
According to one park visitor, local villagers are stealing business from the Wildlife Park by undercutting their 100 yuan (about $) entrance fee. Mind you, the discount comes with a caveat: bargain hunters get into the Park via long bamboo ladders propped against the outside walls. Once inside, well, one never can tell what critter's enclosure one has entered uninvited.
“Right when I got down, I heard the sound of two lions roaring in the distance,” explained a man with the surname Wang who related his experience to a reporter from China Business News. “It nearly scared me to death,” added Wang.
The Park's security guards state they're aware of the situation but their authority is limited to the Park's grounds, leaving them powerless to stop the scam. Not to worry – the Park's “residents” will likely TCB on their own authority sooner or later.