Man Wearing ‘Wanted’ t-shirt arrested

I worry sometimes that if I worry about things, they will inevitably come true.

It’s less tempting fate and more living for a reasonable amount of time.

Injustice, pain and disappointment tend to outweigh success and joy by a factor of around 2,400 to 1.

So one has to try and cut off one’s thoughts in order not to tempt ill-fortune to excess.

I cannot help, therefore, but feel a kinship with a man in Taiwan who was arrested last week. It’s not that I always feel kinship with those who have been arrested.

In this instance, however, there’s something so painfully poignant that I can barely persuade my fingers to type the facts.

As Agence France-Presse laments it, a gentleman known only as Mr. Wu was arrested in Huwei. Hu-why? Well, he was wanted on certain drugs charges, which don’t seem entirely clear.

The numbing pain is that he was wearing a t-shirt.

As so many t-shirts do, written upon it was an English word. It was “Wanted.”

You might imagine that no one who is wanted for any sort of legal difficulty would parade around the streets wearing a “Wanted” t-shirt.

And what if he'd worn this?

And what if he’d worn this?


Fate’s fickle fist came down here because Wu, sadly, doesn’t speak English. His t-shirt might as well have read “Mayonnaise” or “Buttock.”

His fortune was made even more painful by the fact that the arresting officer actually did speak English and was therefore fascinated by Wu’s t-shirt.

When policemen are fascinated by something or someone, they tend to inspect them more closely.

Wu was therefore stopped on the street for a chat. And before he knew it, the police invited him back to their place.

It’s as well to think what might have happened, has he been wearing a t-shirt with a different word on it.

What if he’d worn “Wife Wanted”? Would the policeman have demanded the name of his wife so that they could arrest her?

If he’d worn “Police,” would the policeman have still come over to chat? Or would he have left him alone, worried that he would be pestering a senior officer?

And what if he’d worn “Marijuana”? Would the policeman have wandered over specifically to ask whether he could supply some? You know, for personal use.

Sometimes, it seems as if the world’s forces work beyond those of our own immediate influence.

They come down upon us, choosing — with no seeming sense — whom to condemn and whom to spare.

You might wonder, though, where Wu got his t-shirt. It seems that his son bought it for him.

I wonder if his son speaks English.


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