The Rich Man's Life - Chapter 30
Chapter 30 – Discussing Countermeasures
Ma Dong finally succeeded in calming his parents’ turbulent emotions, and the family of three fell in an awkward silence.
Winning a jackpot was a good thing, but it was a disaster if known by the whole world.
What if your relatives and friends came to borrow money in the future?
Others will say that you have won the jackpot, can’t you lend them a small amount of money?
What would you do if they don’t return the money?
There will definitely be people who’ll say: “You have won the jackpot, why are you giving us such a small amount of money? It’s not enough!”
It’s okay to meet one or two borrowers, but if there are too many, would you still feel happy?
After hitting the jackpot, some people even leave their wives and children, not to mention their relatives and friends, it was actually normal! And this was only one of the many aspects.
Now, most people in Luzhou City and Huizhou Province knew Ma Dong, and there were even more people across the country. There must be a group of media paparazzi waiting to stalk him and reveal his affairs. What about privacy?
Even the thought of going shopping dressed up as a thief was scary.
There was one more point, probably the most important: Security issues!
Now, Ma Dong’s family had become Tang Sanzang in the eyes of some people, there was no need for them to worry for a lifetime if they seized even one person! [TLN: Tang Sanzang = Monk in novel Journey to the West. It’s said if demons ate his flesh they’d gain immortality.]
Of course, there may be many unforeseen troubles.
The three of them took turns contributing one sentence each and after half a day, they finally decided on one thing.
Save our lives!
Protect the family from harm, that was the most important thing, “Find a few trustworthy bodyguards!”
Ma Dong had a headache. It was easy to find a few bodyguards as he could just spend some money. But how would he find people whom he could trust? He didn’t know anyone in this area.
Ma Zhicheng, who had been silent for a long time, suddenly spoke, “I think it can be done. We only have two requirements when looking for bodyguards. We can probably find some people who can be counted on. Our country is not as chaotic as abroad. As long as no one dares to take out a gun, there aren’t many people who would dare to stand up and take action.”
Ma Dong’s eyes lit up after hearing his father, and he also understood his father’s intentions. He couldn’t help but say, “Well said old man. Sure enough, the older the ginger the hotter the spice!”
Ma Zhicheng sat on the bed with a smug expression. Only Hu Xiaoping stood silently listening to them, frowning she said, “Old man, can you speak more clearly? Get to the point!”
Ma Zhicheng’s neck shrank in fright. He couldn’t afford to provoke the tigress. He quickly explained, “It’s like this, we and Dongzi will each find a professional bodyguard. However, there are also so many people in our family and the old Feng family. We can select a few of them, and we’ll pay them well, not only to repay their previous favors but also to silence others.” [TLN: Dongzi = courtesy or style name traditionally given to males aged 20 in dynastic China]
What a shrewd person Ma Zhicheng was, he knew how to solve big things with the least effort!
One must know that they had borrowed 400,000 yuan at that time, and a lot of discordant murmurs were heard inside the family. Some members were not very happy at that time.
Now that Ma Zhicheng’s family made a fortune, there must be a bunch of people who were jealous. They first thought about dealing with their closest family members, the others would be easy to handle afterwards.
“Alright, let’s do it this way, we’ll arrange for people that we all find trustworthy so that no one would have any objections.”
Finally, after some discussion, several candidates were selected:
Ma Zhilin had no sons. The eldest daughter, Li Enhui, had just graduated, and they could count on her as a bodyguard.
Ma Zhiyong had two sons, they finally decided to ask his youngest son, Ma De, to come over. The main reason was that he was tall and strong!
Ma Zhiyuan had a son, Ma Yuehua, a young man who had just graduated.
Ma Zhisheng had a son and a daughter, they called his son Ma Lei.
Feng Liye had a son and two daughters, his son Feng Xuewu was selected.
Feng Liming was the son of Feng Xuejing.
Feng Liyin had a son and a daughter, they called his son Feng Xueqian.
After all of this, they decided that Li Enhui, Feng Xuewu, Feng Xuejing, and Feng Xueqian will follow the old couple, while Ma De, Ma Lei, and Ma Yuehua would follow Ma Dong.
With three strong men on one side, Li Enhui would become their head.
Hu Xiaoping probably felt distressed about the money and said to Ma Dong, “As for professional bodyguards, Xiaodong, take your time to find someone. It’s not an urgent matter. I think it’s almost the same, we have so many people now.”
Ma Dong was amused for a while, it was only a few yuans. “Mom, don’t worry about the money. The interest on my win is more than 10,000 per day. Even if I don’t do anything, it will be enough for our family to live well for a few lifetimes!”
Hu Xiaoping was shocked, “The interest is more than ten thousand a day!!”
‘I was just thinking about the prize money and completely forgot about the interest. Now that I think about it…’
This wasn’t a small amount of ten thousand or twenty thousand, one percent of interest was 1.6 million! It was nearly 4% a year, which was more than 6 million in interest.
Hu Xiaoping realized that her family’s money could never be spent, more than 6 million a year, she really couldn’t think of how to spend it!
Thinking of this, Hu Xiaoping was finally willing to spend money, “Then find two more bodyguards!”
Ma Dong asked again, “Then how would you calculate the salary of these relatives?”
Speaking of which, Ma Dong had a headache, giving a high salary was good as long as others were grateful, but not if they took it for granted…
In the end, Ma Dong made a decision, “Let’s fix an initial salary of 10,000 a month, so it’s 120,000 a year. During the New Year, we will give them some bonuses, but it will vary from person to person.”
Ma Zhicheng nodded. This number was okay. It was a lot more than their own part-time jobs, but not too much. If they did well, they would be given a bonus during the New Year, which was also easy to supervise.
The plan was determined, and Ma Zhicheng personally called each one of them. This matter was very urgent. They were asked to lay down their work before meeting in Shanghai!
It was also hilarious when they called because they now all knew about their situation. Now that they said they wanted to hire them as bodyguards, there were still some people who were feeling uneasy, “Say, Zhicheng, isn’t this dangerous?”
“Boss, our country is so safe that even guns are banned. What is there to be afraid of? Besides, you’re not the only one in our family who’s going to help. I have called the others. Who would dare do anything with bodyguards around?!”
‘When I think about it though, I am really worried’
“Then the salary…”
After so many years, this was Ma Zhicheng’s first time paying someone else a salary. Ma Zhicheng felt very proud of himself, and said arrogantly, “Ten thousand a month! If he is obedient and does a good job, I will give him a big red envelope in the New Year!”
“Ten thousand?! So much?”
“We are all relatives, how can I treat you guys badly? Let him settle his business first, and don’t bring too many things, it would be inconvenient. Just come over tomorrow!”
“Okay, thank you Zhicheng, I’ll let him pack up now and send him to find you!”
Basically every house was similar, it took more than an hour to arrange everything.
A sudden thought came to his mind, Ma Dong asked, “Does anyone from the Feng family know how to drive?”
Ma Zhicheng thought about it for a while, “Feng Xuewu can drive, I am not clear about others.”
Ma Dong nodded and said, “That’s good, there are so many people, it definitely won’t work without a car. I’ll send two cars to you when I go back.”
Ma Zhicheng’s eyes were shining, good fellow, this time the salted fish turned over, “What kind of car are you going to buy? How about buying a Mercedes?” [TLN: salted fish turns over = to experience a reversal of fortune]
Ma Dongqiang suppressed his smile and said, “Dad, you can’t drive. What’s the use of a Mercedes-Benz? Buy a good Volkswagen Passat, low-key, and comfortable to sit in.”
Ma Zhicheng was about to retort, but when he met Hu Xiaoping’s sharp eyes, he quickly closed his mouth.
Hu Xiaoping snorted coldly, “Xiaodong, don’t listen to your dad. What are you still being so hot-blooded about when you are already so old, why do you want to buy such an expensive car?”
Ma Dong shut his mouth obediently and vowed in his heart that he must not find a wife like his mother.
While Ma Dong’s family was discussing how to deal with the sudden exposure, the news about Ma Dong on the Internet continued to spread and some other changes took place under the guidance of caring people.
At first, everyone was mainly envious and jealous, they felt God’s injustice and wondered why only one person would be this favored, but slowly the waves turned into a tide…
NetEase published two new articles with stirring headlines:
“A white-collar worker of a bank donates 3,000 yuan after winning the prize money of 200 million yuan”
“An outstanding student of Renmin University of China won the grand prize money, but why isn’t he willing to donate some of it?”
Attacks were launched from two latitudes, an employee of a bank and a student of a famous university.
In this era of serious online hatred for the rich, banks were synonymous with vampires. Now a banking employee won a 200 million grand prize and donated only 3,000 yuan!
No matter whether The Red Eight Character Society practiced “forced donations” or bought “Hermès bags”, the world was a nest of snakes and rats and as dark as crows, people would forget the old for the new. [TLN: They dismissed Red Eight Society’s actions by saying this.]
“Are banks not able to make a profit, are they at a disadvantage? Let them hear my voice, upvote me!”
“Scream at the top of your lungs!”
“The China Construction Bank (CCB) is so awesome, its slogan is: ‘Save with us if you like!’ ”
“The commenter above has gotta be a moron,’ Save with us if you like!’’ is the motto of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)….. The CCB’s is: ‘Save or don’t!’ ” [TLN: They take an attitude where they don’t really care if the customer keeps their money in their bank or not]
“Only you are awesome, Lao Tzu belongs to China Construction Bank, I say what I want to say, bite me if you refuse to accept it!”
“I think there is something wrong with Huaxian Education. There are too many ungrateful college students nowadays!”
“The commenter above what you said is correct. There was a college student next to my house. He refused to acknowledge his own closest relatives, and he didn’t even come back to visit his parents. What a dog of a human being.”
“I think there is a problem with the teaching of Renmin University. The students who study there feel like they come from Renminbi University…” [TLN: The renminbi is the official currency of China, therefore Renminbi University, money-minded university]
“Upstairs brilliant, Renminbi University, what a great university!”
As a master of soft and violent news, Wei Xiong understood the pain and problems of the netizens very well, he knew about their G-spots. He was paving them a way to curse and vent.
‘Let them feel that they are great and righteous. They should be given a moral commanding height to look down on sentient beings, and a keyboard to fight the world!’ [TLN: LOL]
Obviously, he succeeded again…
But what he didn’t know was that he had inadvertently offended two groups that must not be offended, two big shots, a bank and a big university.
Wei Xiong was not going to take a break at the eleventh hour. It was necessary for him to oversee such big news. He asked his two subordinates, “How did other media stations react to Ma Dong’s news? What’s the situation?”
“Mr.Wei, Sina and Sohu, the most important portals, have already followed up. It’s just that Tencent News is strange and there has been no movement…”
Wei Xiong’s smile faded, he frowned, and said, “No way, would he bear to let go of such good news material?”
He was too familiar with Tencent’s Chen Yibin. The two have played against each other many times in the news field of Huizhou Province. ‘This guy is an opportunist, how could he ignore such good news?’
‘Is there a secret?’
After thinking about it for a while, he couldn’t think of a reason, so he continued to ask, “How’s the news on the other websites?”
One of his subordinates smiled and said, “Mr.Wei, Ma Dong has been in the top ten searches on Sina Weibo.” [TLN: Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging website]
Wei Xiong nodded in satisfaction. It’s not easy to get in the top ten searches on Weibo!
It wasn’t like a hot search bought by celebrities. Everything from “Fan Bingbing goes to an 18th-line film festival abroad for the red carpet”, to “a lump of small fresh meat goes out to visit the street” could be a hot search. It could be said that money can even make pigs fly. As long as they are willing to spend money, stars can make headlines every day. [TLN: Fan Bingbing = Fan Bingbing is a Chinese actress, model, television producer, and singer.]
“Does Ma Dong have Weibo?”
“Yes, and it’s registered with his real name.”
Wei Xiong sneered, his real name was good, he was dug out without any problems.
“Real name? That’s interesting, how’s the situation now?”
“It has escalated…”
TRANSLATED BY: Flux007(aka Divinrth)
PROOFREAD BY: Lamakham
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