Chinese millionaire withdraws his money from bank 'over face masks'

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A Chinese millionaire is withdrawing all his savings from a Shanghai bank in cash, ordering them to check it note by note, after flying into a furious rage when a security guard asked him to wear a face mask.

These images show the first day that the Chinese millionaire put his plan into action, withdrawing CNY 5 million — the maximum amount of cash that can be withdrawn — because he was disgusted with the way he was treated.

The millionaire, who goes by the name ‘Sunwear’ on the social network Weibo, reportedly withdrew CNY 5 million (A$1,580,755) in banknotes from a branch of the Bank of Shanghai on Hongmei Road in Shanghai. 

But he said he also plans to carry on going back every day until everything has been removed, with staff having to count it by hand each time.

The man is seen withdrawing 5 million yuan in cash from bank over poor service in Shanghai, China. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope
The man withdraws 5 million yuan in cash from bank over poor service in Shanghai, China. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope

In his post, the millionaire, real name not reported, expressed his dismay at the bank’s service, although he did not outline from his side what this entailed.

The bank insisted it was simply when a security guard asked him to wear a mask.

The wealthy man accused bank staff of having “the worst service attitude” in their treatment of him even though he boasts having CNY tens of millions in the account, adding: “Because of this attitude, I can only withdraw all the money and put it in other banks.”

After asking staff for the large amount of money in banknotes, he said: “It was necessary to request them to count the cash in case it fell short.”

Images of the millionaire loading wads of CNY-100 banknotes into cases and taking them to his luxury car have been widely shared on Chinese social networks.

The man is seen placing the money, which is in suitcases, inside his luxury car. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope
The man is seen placing the suitcases full of money into his luxury car. Source: AsiaWire/Australscope

‘Sunwear’ has reportedly seen his online following swell to 1.7 million as a result of his post.

He said it took two bank workers two hours to prepare his huge withdrawal with a single currency counter.

Stating that no staff member had broken any customer service guidelines, the bank added: “The client’s (complaint suggested) he had higher expectations of financial services.”

It is unclear if the man has returned to withdraw the rest of his money in banknotes as he threatened.

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