By Yining Su
Image credit: David Den.
Parents in Zhenzhou, Henan are offering 10,000 yuan for a man to apologise for giving their son a counterfeit 100 yuan note while the boy was raising money for charity.
While most children are relaxing during the New Year holidays, Chenchen, 13, and his friend Zhaozhao, 14, took it upon themselves to raise money for poor children in rural Guizhou who lacked winter clothes and shoes after they saw an appeal online.
According to Dahe Daily, on Valentine’s Day, the two boys bought 20 flowers from a florist and went to a park to sell them. At first they struggled but finally a man bought a flower for 7 yuan, paying with a 100 yuan note. After that, the two boys sold 10 more flowers before going home.
When Chenchen returned home, his father noticed that the 100 yuan note was counterfeit. At first, he hesitated telling his son, but his wife convinced him that the boy had to learn about the world. After they told him the money was fake, the boy was devastated. Chenchen’s parents decided to offer the 10,000 reward for the man to come forward and apologize when the boy started to question whether the appeal about the children in Guizhou was a fraud, too.
Adding salt to the wound, when the man first gave Chenchen and Zhaozhao the fake 100 yuan bill, they had difficulty breaking it, and in the confusion of looking for enough money to give in change, they accidentally gave him an extra 22 yuan.