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Rat Tied Up, ‘Shamed’ For Stealing Rice At Chinese Convenience Store [PHOTOS]

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Dog shaming was a popular internet phenomenon in 2016, but the staff at a Chinese convenience store took it a step farther by tying up and shaming a rat that allegedly stole rice from its warehouse.

Photos posted to China’s “Weibo,” a micro-blogging platform, show the strung-up rodent tied to boxes on a trolley with signs around its neck shaming it for the alleged rice theft.

“Even if you beat me to death, I’ll never admit I stole the rice from your store,” said the larger sign, according to a translation by The Daily Caller News Foundation.”

The second sign was more conciliatory: “I wouldn’t dare do it again.”

The pictures were posted Monday by a user who allegedly knew the shop owner, a man named Lai Tiancai. They were allegedly taken at Lai’s shop in Lianping County, in Heyuan city in China’s Guangdong province, reported The Daily Mail Monday.

“A friend of mine found a small rat in the warehouse of a convenience store,” said the user, according to the Daily Mail. The user expressed her sympathies for the “poor rat” being treated so poorly ahead of China’s New Year.

The uploader called on the attention of the Shenzhen Traffic Police in the post, to which the police responded with three smiling face emojis.

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