Netizens were awash with disgust after news of a Chinese child defecating on a bus circulated on social media.
A video was posted on microblogging platform Weibo, which showed an elderly couple taking out a potty on a Beijing bus so their granddaughter could defecate. The incident sparked a quarrel between the couple and another passenger on the bus.
The woman later took to Weibo to give her version of the incident, which happened on Wednesday, and began when the grandparents produced a potty and a plastic bag because the little girl needed to relieve herself.
An article on South China Morning Post reported that the woman told the couple to take the girl off the bus and find a nearby toilet. But they refused.
She wrote, “At first I said to myself to let it go since she was a little kid after all. But later I had to complain as there was a smell. The old couple began to curse me and criticised me for not showing sympathy for a kid”.
One netizen, Tomas Walsh, wrote, “These are likely villagers with decades old thinking. Why make a big stink about it? One incident every couple of years in a country with 1.4 billion is nothing”.
Another, sakmax, said, “Disgusting”.
Singapore is no stranger to such occurrences. In 2014, a woman allowed a young girl to defecate in public at Marina Bay Sands. The woman was with a group dining at the atrium area of a restaurant at lunch-time. She had arranged a potty for the girl to relieve herself, just a few metres away from their table.
Instead of taking the girl, who looked like she was two years old, to the toilet, which was located nearby, the woman did not seem to notice other diners, or people walking by.
Last year, a video of some tourists from China allowing their child to urinate in public at the S.E.A. Aquarium in Sentosa triggered many irate comments from netizens.
In the video, an elderly lady, presumably the boy’s grandmother, gestured asking the videographer to stop filming them. Many said that the netizen who took the video was being rather childish and inconsiderate. Others added that the family should have been fined by S.E.A. Aquarium.
Many Singaporeans were also frustrated as the boy’s mess was not cleaned up by his family. It was reported that a spokesperson from Resorts World Sentosa said, “We have reached out to assist the guests and cleaned (sic) the area when(sic) it took place”, and refused to comment further. /TISG