A young unemployed man in southwestern China lied to local police that he had robbed a woman, in an attempt to be put in prison, mainland media report.
The 25-year-old man, surnamed Tan, surrendered to police in Chongqing on Monday last week and confessed he had robbed a woman at knifepoint the previous day, the Chongqing Evening News reported.
Tan said he took 100 yuan (HK$115) from a young woman with dyed hair and leather clothing on a street in the Dazu district of Chongqing as he had no money to buy a meal.
However, police had not received a corresponding robbery report and thought it strange that Tan voluntarily took them to identify the site of his crime and repeatedly asked when he would be taken to prison.
Tan finally admitted he made up the robbery story to go to prison.
After investigating, the police found Tan had worked for a local company last year but quit because he found the job too hard. He then took a job in an advertising company but was fired soon after, and then had to ask his parents for money to cover his living expenses.
The report said Tan had family problems and left home the day he confessed to the crime that never happened. His parents said he was lazy and interested only in playing computer games.