Two Chinese kidnappers, identified by their last names as Xie and Lu, took an 11-year-old girl from her home expecting one million yuan (approx. $163,000) for her return. But after finding out that her family was too poor to pay the ransom, they released the girl and gave her 500 yuan (approx. $82), Shanghai Daily reports.
In order to execute the abduction, Xie and Lu spent 10,000 yuan, or $1,634, in criminal-related expenses including renting a car, purchasing masks and other equipment. However their investment in the crime turned out to be profitless; the young girl told the kidnappers that her family could not afford one million yuan.
In a strange plot twist, the kidnappers released the girl and— here’s the kicker—gave her 500 yuan to take back to her family! “Some reports suggest it was because they noticed a large police presence on the streets,” Business Insider adds. “But they were reported to have taken good care of the girl.”
The young girl was targeted because her family owed gambling debts. Xie and Lu received five and four year sentences, respectively, for the abduction.