In another sad case of failed filial piety, an elderly couple with five children have recently been spotted sleeping on the second floor corridor of an apartment in Beijing’s Haidian District.
The apartment in question? Well, it belongs to their third son, who for some bizarre reason allows his 77 year old mother and elderly father to sleep outside. And as if the story couldn’t get any sadder, the couple’s children all know that they’re there patiently waiting for their third son to come home everyday.
Yesterday at 5 p.m., reporters spotted the couple resting on layers of padded cushions and covered in thin blankets. The elderly woman, Zhu Sulan, managed to sit up with difficulty while her husband lay down and occasionally groaned, Sina reports.
According to another resident of the corridor named Mr. Chu, it was on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. that he saw the elderly couple in the corridor. The couple have yet to leave, and Mr. Chu, along with a few friends, have already bought the couple a few buns and boxed lunches.
Mr. Chu explained that after the couple turned up the police were called, but afterwards the couple still remained in the corridor.
According to Mrs. Zhu, she and her husband used to live with their oldest son, who is aged 26. But after his house was demolished he was helpless and could only rent a car and beg a driver to send his parents to the third son’s home.
But so far no one has opened the door, and so the couple have had no choice but to stay outside. Reporters have repeatedly knocked on the door of the third son’s apartment, but to no avail. Even after going to the third floor and urging to couple to use an available apartment there, the couple have rejected the offer with “He’ll definitely come back.”
The couple revealed that their four sons and one daughter have been involved for years in bitter dispute about the ownership of three apartments, registered in the parent’s names.
Reporters have also offered the couple help in finding a suitable hotel, but the couple again refused politely. Yesterday, reporters finally left the couple at 9 p.m.
Naturally, you would guess netizens would lose their shit, but there has been some suspicion as to why the parents were left outside:
“Resolving family disputes is very hard…there is still a good deal of unclarified points in this story, for example, does the son know that his parents are there? What if he’s on a business trip? Why were the parents with the eldest son in the first place?…even if the son is good to his parents, this news only shows the parents staying outside of the third son’s place, what about the other kids?…there are so many unclear points so it’s inappropriate for us to comment…” one user commented.
“I just know that my parents have keys to both my houses, having one kid is good enough, there isn’t as much hassle!” another added.
“What news is this? One side is fabrication, another side is foolish and blind. The eldest kid has his house demolished, temporarily sends his parents to the third son’s house and by coincidence he’s not there? The parents stay outside one day and one night. This fact, countless people have launched plenty of associations, being led by the editor by the nose. No wonder Western countries enjoy grasping freedom of speech, where in the world doesn’t have this…the shitty editor has the original material and will follow up on this, don’t have a fine start and a poor finish,” another stated.
While there may turn out to be an innocent reason as to why the couple’s third son hasn’t turned up, if all else fails, the kids could all easily contend in the worst children of the year award or get sued by their parents.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via Sina]