I was chatting to one of my western male friends today. Like me, he lives in Suzhou and when he goes to Shanghai for a party weekend he often stays at a failry nice, but cheap hotel. Yesterday evening he suddenly received a sms, going:
”Hey, this is Li Lin, do you teach English?”
He thought for a while but couldn't come up with any friend named Li Lin, so he simply replied:
”Who are you?”
”I am Li Lin from the hotel.”
Ah, that Li Lin. That Li Lin that has checked him in and therefore has his mobile phone number?! That girl that he has never really talked to, but simply handed his credit card to, before he filled in a slip where he wrote down all his personal details?
”No I am not a teacher.” he finally wrote and decided not to stay at that hotel again.
”OK!” Li Lin replied.
There sure ain't no such things as ”protecting people's privacy” over here. If you are keen to learn English and just happen to sit on a number to a foreigner you can just go ahead and use it.
Even though you obtained it at work, in a business situation.
Quite a funny story!
But also a tad bit scary (even though I knew the keen-to-learn-English girl probably didn't mean anything bad).