Planet China

Dirty laundry

Not many kids make more money than their parents. The ones that do are usually child actors like Macaulay Culkin (star of the Home Alone movies). But in China, a 12 year-old boy has been out-earning his parents. The Morning Post reports that a boy named Qin made Rmb5,600 ($820) in a month – more than twice what his father, a graphic designer, and his mother, a teacher, earn with their salaries. How? Qin was paid by his paternal and maternal grandparents to wash clothes, do dishes and sweep their floors. He could get, for example, Rmb30 for cleaning bowls. This has led to a falling out between parents and grandparents. The four grandparents think they’ve found a good way to communicate with the boy and foster a “work ethic”. But says Qin’s father: “I worry that in the future, if we do not give him money he will refuse to do housework and I am even more worried he will develop the bad habit of extravagance.”


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