After seeing photos of a six-year-old girl cleaning up dishes in the cafeteria of Wuhan Media and Communications College at Huazhong Normal University, students said they felt ashamed of themselves, particularly those who didn’t bother collecting their own dishes after their meal, People’s Daily reports.
The little girl’s father sells food in the school cafeteria, and when she sees him busily serving food for students during rush hour, she helps him clear away the dishes so other students have a space to eat.
The head of the cafeteria told reporters that several cleaners have been hired to collect and clean the dishes, but during busy hours, they usually have their hands full.
Although the school has organized a few events encouraging students to clean up after themselves, many students still don’t bother to do it.
The photos spread quickly online and raised heated debate.
Web user 杨天天_羊羊 said: “Fellow Freshmen, since you’re still in your first year, please take this opportunity to learn good habits. Don’t learn from us, we’ve been “bad people” for a year and we just realized that.”
User 伍亮WLIANG wrote: “Collecting your own dishes is a way to show your affection for your school. I hope everyone can do it.”
Others disagreed: “This is what a school cafeteria should be like. Otherwise, they wouldn’t need to hire any cleaners. I’ve never seen anyone eat at restaurant and collect dishes themselves afterwards.”
The story brings to mind a similar case at Nanchang University in which officials tried to place the responsibility of cleaning the dorms on the students…and it failed miserably.
What do you think?
By Lucy Liu
[ Images via People Daily ]