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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Millionaire street sweeper refuses to give job the brush off

Malcolm Moore Beijing

Published 09/01/2013|05:00

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A CHINESE millionaire has refused to give up her day job as a street sweeper for fear of losing her work ethic and worrying over her lazy children.

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Mrs Yu had never been late for work and had only asked for three days off in the last 14 years.

After nearly four decades of hard work as a farmer, cook, lorry driver and street sweeper, a sudden €1.2m windfall might tempt sweet thought of retirement.

But 53-year-old Yu Youzhen has an unbending work ethic.

Five years ago, her family land in Donghu village, near the city of Wuhan, was bought by the government for a property development.

She used the compensation money to begin building a property empire which now includes 17 apartments worth some ¥10m (€1.2m), according to the 'Wuhan Evening News'.

Nevertheless, six days a week Mrs Yu dons an orange coat and goes to work as a street sweeper, earning a monthly wage of €174.

"Work is not just about the salary, it makes one focused. Laziness gives rise to all sorts of bad habits," she said.

The head of her cleaning team, Fu Guoju, noted that Mrs Yu had never been late for work and had only asked for three days off in the last 14 years to attend the funerals of her mother-in-law and father. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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