At first I didn’t understand what she wanted. Something about “flight money” or “airport money”. I had already paid for the ticket. Then it dawned on me that she didn’t work for the airline, but just wanted money for “helping” me. I figured she had probably saved me about 4 minutes of standing in line, so I pulled out what seemed to me to be a decent tip, 10 RMB. She looked upset and asked for 50. I should have walked away. I said I didn’t have 50. She lowered the price down to 10 for her and 10 for her confederate. I checked my wallet and found 15, happy to give it to herso I could leave without further disrupting the social harmony. Then she spotted another 5 in my wallet.
So she got 20 RMB out of me, which is the literal equivalent of $2.50 and the functional equivalent of $6. What a scam.