A shopping mall in China had a huge surprise for its customers on Monday by selling bargain-priced fresh air. The bargained bags of air were sold in Xian, a city rated as having moderate air pollution, but exceeds the WHO safety standard of 25 micrograms by 40 micrograms.
Eager customers flocked to the stall selling bags of fresh air for just 1 yuan ($.15) per bag, according to Tencent (via Shanghaiist). While the sellers didnt specify where the air was actually from, it must be gathered from somewhere with less pollution than the Shaanxi Province capital.
Xian is known to be constantly plagued by chronic smog problems, especially during winter. According to the database of Chinas ministry of environmental protection, Xian ranks tenth on the worst air quality list, almost matching Beijings pollution levels. The trend of entrepreneurs trying to cash in on the countrys environmental tragedy may be rather unfortunate given that Chinese smog pollution kills nearly 4,000 people each day.