A Chinese professor, Ge, was suspended from his university after he and a female companion were exposed for brutalising a sanitation worker for wasting their 'precious' time.
The incident happened in the city of Xi'an, China on Oct 4, 2017.
Apparently, Ge's car was blocked by the female cleaner's rubbish truck, reports World of Buzz.
In a fit of rage, Ge and his companion alighted the vehicle and assaulted the cleaner until she bled profusely.
A netizen staying in an apartment nearby overheard the situation and went to investigate.
Said the netizen: "I was resting at home when I heard weeping outside my window.
"I thought it was a child being scolded by their parents but it grew louder and didn't sound like a child.
"So, I walked over to my window to check it out.
"That was when I saw a female street cleaner slowly getting up from the garbage pile on the floor."
According to the netizen, Ge's female companion was shoving the worker while screaming at her: "How much money do I make?
"How much money do you make?
"Do you know you're now keeping me from making money?"
Ge himself then stepped forth and started beating up the cleaner.
At that point, the netizen could no longer tolerate the duo's barbaric act and decided to stand up for the defenceless cleaner.
He shouted at the couple: "You're bullying a sanitation worker, don't you have any shame?"
It was then the Ge realised that there were witnesses and he and his companion attempted to escape.
His escape plans were foiled by several neighbours who had been drawn to the commotion.
At this point, Ge even tried justifying his actions, putting the blame on the cleaner.
He shouted: "She allowed me to beat her!"
The netizen decided to lodge a police report but was accosted by a man at the station who claimed to be an assistant of Ge.
The assistant claimed that the professor had just returned from overseas and was unfamiliar with the local customs.
From him, the netizen found out that Ge was a professor at Shaanxi University of Science and Technology.
Feeling that Ge was unfit to be a teacher, the netizen decided to teach him a lesson.
With the help of several other netizens, they managed to track down Ge and expose his ugly deeds.
Unsurprisingly, Ge was suspended from the university.
His female companion, a family member, is not affiliated with the university, local media reports.
Xi'an police released a statement on Sina Weibo saying the professor, surnamed Ge, would be detained for 10 days and face a fine of 500 yuan ($75) for beating up the worker, surnamed Liu. The worker sustained minor injuries, the statement said.
Since the incident was brought to light, Ge has written a letter of apology which was posted on Shaanxi University's official Weibo account.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the university said Ge had been suspended and a work team had been appointed to assist the police with their investigation. The university said it would handle the case "seriously" and in line with the investigation results.
A Weibo post by the university on Thursday confirmed that the woman was not a member of the school's faculty.
In his letter, Ge said he regretted his actions and will be paying for the medical expenses of the cleaner.
However, some netizens have been less than convinced, with some saying he is 'unfit to be in education'.
One Weibo user commented that "one's moral standing, as well as academic performance, should factor in the assessment of a college professor".
Another wrote that the assailant should be brought to justice. "I myself come from a family at the grassroots level and I hope my family will be respected by society. And so do other families of the same background," the comment said.
However, a Weibo user named Pili_Zhang called for calm, saying criticism should not be directed at the university or its faculty:
"It was wrong for Ge to beat the cleaner, but let's leave the case to the law and the police, and stop the verbal attacks on the university and its faculty."