Pictures of an elderly man squatting on a Wuxi subway to clean up a mess made by a child who peed on the ground might make parents think twice about letting their kids relieve themselves on public transportation.
The photos were posted to Weibo by a netizen riding the subway at the time, and have been making the rounds online.
The man in the photo has been identified as Tang Heng, an 82-year-old volunteer for the Wuxi Metro. According to Sina News, Tang was volunteering when he saw a young couple letting their child pee inside one of the trains.
After the family failed to clean up the mess, Tang immediately wiped it up without causing a scene. His gesture didn’t go unnoticed by passengers on the train, however, or by web users who later saw the photos online.
“I’ve seen this old volunteer on the Metro before. There was this one time when I was taking a short nap on train; he went up to me and asked me which station I was heading to, so he could wake me when the train arrived at the station. Such a nice gesture,” one netizen said.
“How could the parents do that? That was just unbelievable,” another commented.
“As parents, it’s our responsibilities to be prepared for situations like this. They could have brought along a few plastic bags and let the child pee there in case of an emergency.”
Another web user merely pointed out that “There are too few restrooms on the Wuxi Metro.”
Anyone who’s lived in China for any length of time probably knows that this is not an isolated case. It’s not uncommon to see parents let their kids take a leak on the streets, in garbage cans or on public transportation, and such instances have led to online finger-wagging in the past. In November, a woman in Shenyang made headlines after she allowed her grandson to pee on the subway and then proceeded to complain loudly that the carriage was “dirty” before exiting.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via Sina]