China's new Android app connects you with thugs for hire
Ever wanted to put someone in the hospital? Well, now there's an app for that.
Didi Da Ren, or Didi Hit People, is a sketchy Android app out of China that matches users with goons for hire. "Users were posting ads seeking the services of thugs, mostly retired soldiers, gangsters, crooks and gym coaches," reports Christopher Hooton of The Independent.
Reporters from the Kunming-based Yunnan Information News put a fake listing on the app and were swiftly connected with a hired tough in Shanghai. The man operated under an Uber-style payscale, with prices ranging from 200 to 500 RMB (about $32 to $80) depending on the level of harm inflicted. Turns out it's suprisingly affordable to outsource revenge in China.
The reporters found the instant-hire service was available on the Android app store and other third-party sellers. One website showed the app had been downloaded over 40,000 times while another recorded 8,800 downloads. It has since been removed by most vendors.
A representative from the company that developed the app said it was actually intended as a Task Rabbit-type platform where people who need a job done can find someone with the skills to do it.
Ironically, the app was inspired by a talk show parody of people's anger over "unethical and uncivilized behavior," according to the Want China Times.