In the town of Yuanhua in Haichang County there lived a wealthy family whose habit it was to work on the lower floor during the day, thus leaving the three bedrooms of the upper floor vacant. One day, one of the women went to fetch some clothing from the upper floor and discovered that the door to the stairwell was bolted from the inside.
Puzzled, she thought to herself, "Who could have bolted the door? Everyone is downstairs."
Finding a crack in the wall boards she peeked inside and saw a man sitting on the bed. She assumed he was a thief and promptly called for the rest of the family to come.
The man, however, said in a loud voice, "I am moving in to live on this floor and my family will soon be here to join me. I will borrow your beds and tables but the rest of your possessions will be returned immediately."
He thereupon threw various boxes and miscellaneous items out the window onto the ground below.
Not long after, the family heard a crowd of people milling about. They peeked through the wall boards and saw that the room was filled with people young and old. This crowd soon began clanking bowls and singing, "My lord, my kind host, you have guests who have come from afar but you have not provided even one glass of wine to welcome us."
In trepidation the family quickly prepared four tables with flagons of wine out in the courtyard, and all four tables were magically whisked upstairs. After the guests had feasted, they threw all the unwanted cutlery and china out the window. For a while after this there was no more obnoxious behavior.
All the same, this wealthy family decided it best to hire a Daoist priest to perform an exorcism. But in the midst of their discussions, the people upstairs began to sing, "Daoist dogs, Daoist dogs! Which of them would dare to deal with us?"