Planet China

Call of Nature

Incidents related to China’s public toilets rank among the most frequently covered topics in this column. But we have never written about a child urinating from a moving vehicle. A video that has gone viral in the past fortnight shows just this: a father is seen hanging his toddler out of his moving SUV to pee. The video was shot in Chengdu by a lady surnamed Wang who was in the car directly behind. She told Sichuan Daily she was really scared for the boy’s safety, given he was held out of the window for about two minutes and the car was travelling at around 20mph. Netizens were angered by the behaviour. “He has a good car, so he is not short of money – but he is short of morality,” wrote one; “Do these parents have brains,” added another, “Have they not heard of baby diapers? Have they no sense of shame?” Sichuan Daily contacted the local traffic police bureau to get its reaction, and possibly the most surprising thing of all was its response. Apparently holding a child out of a car to pee “did not violate any relevant laws and regulations” although the police officer did concede that were it to have caused the cars behind to have an accident that would change matters.

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