Chinese man falls asleep drunk, wakes up in shipping container bound for L.A.

Jiang Wu was out for one hell of a bender in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao. He stumbled back to his B&B and passed out.

After what one imagines was one of the most god-awful night’s sleeps in the history of sleeps, Wu woke up with a serious hangover and incredibly uncomfortable. After rolling over and coming to his senses, he was shocked to discover that he wasn’t in his bed at his B&B at all. In his drunken stupor he’d somehow mistaken a shipping container at a dockyard for his B&B, wandered in and fell asleep.

Panicked, he turned to his one saving grace—he still had his cell phone in his pocket. And the phone still had battery life. And it still had reception, even from inside the metal walls of a sealed shipping container.

He called everyone he knew, including local police. “His problem was … that he couldn’t tell us which container he was in, and there were thousands of them stacked on top of each other,” said a police spokesman.

Police eventually found him by asking him to bang on the walls of his container. He was stacked over 60 feet high. If he’d slept another hour, he would have found himself on the high sea, and would have died in that container unless he’d discovered some water or food to last the 2-week trip to Los Angeles, where the ship was bound.

“He’s very lucky. If he’d been asleep for another hour the next stop would have been America,” said a dock worker.

Wu was given water immediately when he got out and sent on his way. Close call.


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