Parents across China have a few safety concerns regarding the latest popular toy that is sweeping the nation. No, not the fidget spinner. A crossbow that fires toothpicks.
The “toothpick crossbow” has managed to spread like wildfire among China’s middle school kids. While the toy may be tiny, it does pack a punch, able to puncture balloons, cardboard, apples, soda cans, and, presumably human eyes.
The toy was a hot seller at local toy shops near schools and on online e-commerce platforms, but efforts are already being made to ban their sale with parents calling on the government to do something before some kid gets seriously hurt.
Cities like Chengdu, Kunming and Harbin have already banned the sale of the crossbows, while police in Chongqing, Ningbo and Hunan have issued warnings. Meanwhile, the toys have also been banned by popular e-commerce platforms JD.com and Taobao, but are still available on other sites for as little as 10 yuan.
The straddling bus test track is being demolished, Chinglish is being rectified and now kids can’t even fire pointy objects from mini-crossbows, is China suddenly becoming no fun?
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