Woman leaves chilis in elevator to share with neighbors

A woman in east China left a bag of chilis in the elevator of her residential building to share them with her neighbors.

A woman in Quzhou, Zhejiang Province, left a bag of chilis in the elevator of her residential building to share them with her neighbors for free, Qianjiang Evening News reported on Monday.

The woman, Jiang Haiyun, put 1.5 kilograms of chilis inside the elevator on July 6, together with a note which let her neighbors know they can help themselves.

The chilis were all picked up by grateful neighbors within just 20 minutes, with some posting pictures online to express their thanks.

A screen shot of a post which called the provider of the chilis an example of a "great Chinese neighbor."

Jiang, 35, is a doctor at Quzhou Municipal Hospital of TCM and a mother of two children.

Jiang at work.

Her parents, who live in the countryside not far from her home, often bring seasonal vegetables to her.

As it's been a bumper year for chili, they brought so many to Jiang that afternoon that she decided to share some countryside freshness with her neighbors.

But she felt that knocking on doors may disturb them, so Jiang put the chilis in the elevator with a note.

Wang Jianhong, who lives downstairs, was the first taker who picked up about half a kilo of the chilis after seeing the note. "Most Quzhou people are chili lovers," she said. "The chilis are fresh and delicious."

"The neighbors in our community often help each other. That's why I had no problem eating something left in the elevator — eating shows trust and appreciation," she added.

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