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Left Behind

WiC once heard the story of an adventurous American family that decided in the late 1990s to drive along China’s old Silk Road (long before it became a trendy investment theme). At one point they accidentally left one of their kids behind in a petrol station’s toilet. Their driver spoke no English so it was explained to him in Chinese what had happened. He responded enthusiastically with the only English language phrase he appeared to know, shouting “Home Alone!” – in reference to the famous Hollywood movie – as he turned the vehicle around.

It turns out it is easier to leave a loved one behind at a Chinese gas station than WiC thought. That’s because another such incident came to light in late January when the Huangs were driving across Sichuan. The Entertainment Daily reports that Huang, his wife and a friend stopped to refuel in the city of Neijiang, but that the two friends became so engaged in conversation that Huang drove off without realising his wife was not in the car. When she eventually left the rest room she discovered her hubby and their car was long gone. She also discovered she was without her bag or smartphone, and could not remember her husband’s mobile phone number to boot. Somewhat angry at this point, she used the petrol station’s landline to call her brother, whose number she could remember. Luckily he had her husband’s number so phoned Huang to tell him that he needed to go back for his wife. Not surprisingly, the incident has sparked much comment online, with more than one netizen suggesting a divorce was likely to occur ‘down the road’.

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