To those of you who thought your parents were overprotective: they’ve got nothing on this father in China, who actually cuffed himself to his daughter as they were traveling home from Beijing amid the Spring Festival rush.
Chunyun, the frantic 40-day travel period surrounding the Lunar New Year holiday, officially began yesterday, and over 295 million trips are expected to be made by rail within the time.
Despite China’s extensive efforts to beef up security in airports and train stations in the days leading up to what’s been called the world’s largest annual human migration, a father in Beijing apparently believes that one can never play it too safe.
The man was spotted linked to his daughter with handcuffs at the Beijing South Railway Station. According to the Beijing News Weibo account, he feared that his daughter, who had eyesight problems, would be whisked away in the crowd and trafficked.
Getting lost was just not an option for the girl, who was also equipped with a GPS watch and a necklace with her dad’s phone number.
“I feel at ease only if I am tied with her,” he told reporters.
Lucky for his daughter, however miserable she looks, she’s probably never experienced the utter disorientation and helplessness that comes with wandering behind the wrong dad at a grocery store for 20 minutes.