Recently, a picture of a man holding his jacket open for a little girl to vomit into has moved thousands of Chinese netizens… in a good way.
Last week, an old couple and their granddaughter took Line 8 on the Shanghai Metro. According to The Paper, other commuters noticed that the little girl seemed to be suffering from a high fever. Her grandparents put a cooling pad on her head, but that didn’t seem to work. After a while, the girl started to feel more sick and felt like throwing up. Her gallant grandpa then whipped off his own jacket and held it ready for the girl to heave into.
The grandfather’s selfless action inspired awe and praise from everyone in the metro car, as well netizens online.
“In a closed environment like a metro carriage, it would be difficult for cleaners to come in and clean it if she had thrown up on the floor. I’ve seen people vomit and spill drinks on the floor in the metro. No one was able to pass by that messy area and it stunk. What this grandfather did minimized the inconvenience for everyone else. We should all be as cultivated. If it were me, I am not sure if I could do the same thing,” one netizen said.
There are also netizens who sensibly advised the old man to bring some plastic bags with him next time. “Kids often get sick when traveling, it’s always good to have bags prepared in advance,” the netizen suggested.
Even the Shanghai Metro itself has responded to the incident, suggesting that passengers be aware of their own health condition. “If you feel uncomfortable or sick, please contact the metro staff and ask for help, or sit down to have some rest. We also suggest passengers to provide help to those in need,” the statement read.
Not just another day on the metro in Shanghai.
By Liting Lin
[Image via Weibo]