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Senior moments

The behaviour of two grandfathers on subway journeys in China has been sparking rather different reactions on social media.

In Dalian, a 76 year-old called Liu Zhengsheng, won plaudits from commuters for his zesty spirit. According to the Peninsula Morning Post, Liu insists on standing during journeys and even wears an LED message board across his chest that reads: “I need no one to offer me a seat.” He told the newspaper that young people are tired when they take the train after a long day of work, and since he is in good health he does not want them to give up their seats. Netizens were impressed, praising Liu for thinking of others.

But a grandpa in Wuhan has come in for criticism for his behaviour on a train, after allowing his grandson to urinate in the carriage. He even scolded other travellers who objected, saying there was little he could do if the five year-old needed to pee. The Wuhan metro was not impressed and said that it would be promoting better behaviour on its trains in the coming months via new publicity materials, Chutian Metropolis Daily reported.

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