Beijing Man Arrested for Wearing Watermelon

A subway rider in a watermelon mask was taken away by police
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A drunk man on the Beijing subway was reportedly arrested for wearing a watermelon on his head.

A Beijing man was arrested this week for riding the subway while wearing a watermelon on his head like a helmet.

According to Shanghaiist, the man now known as “Watermelon Brother” was spotted riding the subway in Beijing wearing a hollowed-out watermelon over his head. The watermelon covered his whole face and had star-shaped eye holes for him to see out of. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he was also carrying alcohol.

"It was so scary last night when I was on the metro. This guy was just hanging around on the train wearing a watermelon mask, with a beer bottle and a baijiu bottle in his two hands!! Apparently he was totally drunk,” one witness said.

The man’s reasons for wearing a hollowed-out watermelon as a mask on the Beijing subway are still unclear. He might have been trying to be funny, or he might have been trying to scare the other passengers. Other passengers reported that the bruised, wrinkling watermelon shell was definitely more creepy than whimsical, but the starry-eyed watermelon rind might not have looked quite so scary when Watermelon Brother first put it on his head.


Police eventually arrived to question the man and eventually took him into custody, according to the South China Morning Post.