Ho Kim Hau could do nothing but hopelessly shout for help when hoards of people ran out to the street to loot the hundreds of beer cans that poured from his overturned truck on Wednesday.
Hau was driving his truck past the Tam Hiep roundabout in Bien Hoa City, some 35km from Ho Chi Minh City, when his truck overturned, scattering some 1,500 cartons of Tiger beer on the street at around 2pm on December 4.
Instead of helping Hau clean up the mess, hundreds of people happily rushed to loot the beer cans, ignoring the desperate cries of the poor driver.
The looters nearly fought each other to steal undamaged beer cartons. Some hastily put the scattered cans into plastic bags. Some even deployed cargo motorbikes to carry the beer away.
No one bothered to help the desperate driver. Some even threatened to beat him when he tried to prevent them from stealing his beer.
Thousands of beer cans were cleared out of the street within just 15 minutes.
The ugly image was recorded by a reader named Phuong Thanh, who later sent the footage to Tuoi Tre.
“I have no idea how people can be so mean,” Thanh spoke to Tuoi Tre.
Thanh said she recorded the disgusting scene because she wanted everyone to see it and think about it.
“I believe the looting must be condemned,” she pressed.
Huy, the owner of the truck, said Hau was delivering the beer for a dealer when the accident happened.
“The mobs rushed out to loot before the driver could do anything. He could do nothing but cry,” Huy told Tuoi Tre.
“Each of them took only a couple of beer cartons, but the damage for us is very large,” he added.
A chief officer of Binh Da Ward Police, where the incident took place, said police arrived at the scene a minute too late.
“When the police arrived, all that was left were empty beer cans,” he admitted.