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'Enemy of the state' finds no charity

(China Daily)

08:53, September 16, 2011

Twenty-year-old Guo Meimei, who sparked a national scandal about the Red Cross Society of China, sat for an interview with China Daily in a teahouse in Chaoyang district of Beijing on Sept 14. [Photo/ China Daily]

Guo Meimei, a young woman whose online displays of luxury severely damaged the credibility of the Red Cross Society of China, said her experiences in the past three months have caused her to "grow up five years".

During an interview on Wednesday, the 20-year-old adjusted her bangs while looking at a live image of herself on her mobile phone and said she was "ignorance personified, with no interest in school and a love of luxury".

Despite her admission of immaturity, Guo has learned a hard lesson: all actions have consequences.

In early June, Guo bragged on her micro blog about her wealth, and claimed that she was "the manager of the Red Cross Chamber of Commerce", a post she in fact fabricated.

Netizens suspected that money given to the Red Cross Society of China had gone to keep staff members in the lap of luxury.

In response, some people stopped donating to charities in general and donations to some Red Cross branches reportedly dropped by 90 percent.

There is no doubt that Guo has been chastened by her experience. Whenever her name or image appears online, it provokes an outpouring of invectives.

Guo said that the animosity she has stirred up even led to thoughts of suicide.

"I feel like I am an enemy of the state," Guo said on Wednesday. "The truth is that I am just a stupid girl who did something really stupid. No matter what I say, no one wants to believe me. No matter what I do, nobody wants to forgive me. I didn't break the law in any way. Would these people be happy if I died?"

Despite her boasts of wealth, Guo dresses just like any other 20-year-old who takes a fancy to fashion, wearing black high-heels and tight, torn pants. She said she had grown up spoiled by her single mother and aunts, who had let her have whatever she had wanted.

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SteveLaudig at 2011-09-18118.249.117.*
Cruel it is to not tolerate mistakes and accept that people can and do learn and change and accept apologies and explanations that rise above mere excuses. The net makes anonymous long-distance verbal cruelty far too easy. I"m not particularly a Christian but one of their sayings comes to mind "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
Guo Mei Mei at 2011-09-16175.139.125.*
An example of what bad parenting and spoiling a child could do.
PD User at 2011-09-16202.158.179.*
Alternatively Li Shuangjian"s son would also do. As a matter of fact, 4 notorious dads have made their appearance on radar. Choosing any one of their 4 offsprings should satisfy her vanity.
Gerard at 2011-09-16119.176.133.*
Cry me a river and go and marry Li Gang"s son!

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