Hangzhou Street Peddler Flees Chengguan, Runs Over Son

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From Sina News:

Hangzhou City Management Respond to Incident Where Street Vendor’s Son Was Run Over: It Was The Vendor’s Own Fault

The Beijing News newsflash (Reporter Yang Feng and Intern Zhao Jixiang) — This afternoon, multiple netizens made microblog posts claiming that a fruit peddler in Xiaoshan District of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, saw chengguan [city/urban management] personnel engaging in enforcement [of city laws and regulations] and, in the course of fleeing by driving away, ended up running over and killing his [her/their, it is not clear] son.

Tonight around 7 o’clock, the Xiaoshan Urban Management Bureau released a statement saying that as the vendor left on his own accord, he did not notice his child was playing underneath the vehicle, which lead to the boy being run over by their cargo truck and crushed to death at the scene.

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Online post: Chengguan chases after vendor causing vendor’s child to be crushed

Today, starting at five o’clock, local Hangzhou city Xiaoshan district netizens posted microblog messages claiming chengguan officers had arrived at the intersection of Jianshe Fourth Road and Shixin Road to conduct enforcement, and a fruit peddler ran over and killed his son while driving away.

Pictures uploaded to the internet show that the vendor’s car was loaded with oranges, sugar cane and other fruits. To the side of the vehicle was a woman cradling a child, bent over crying in agony. The owner of a nearby store says he saw the scene of the child’s mother holding her already dead child weeping. “Too tragic.” But as for the specifics of how the situation unfolded, he didn’t actually see it happen.

Several owners of nearby stores claimed that because the incident happened in Xiaoshan district at the center of the city, it ended up causing a huge traffic jam on North Shixin Road.

Tonight at 6:50, this reporter from The Beijing News phoned the police station in charge of the North of the city, where the officer on duty said that all of the station’s officers were still at the scene handling the incident.

An employee of the Xiaoshan emergency dispatch center indicated that at around 6pm, an ambulance had already rushed to the scene and had already brought the victim to the hospital for emergency rescue.

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Statement: The vendor left the scene on his own accord and didn’t notice his child

At around 7 o’clock tonight, the city management bureau released a statement about the incident.

The statement claimed that at around 4:05pm today, while their personnel were engaged in enforcement at a fried pancake stand and fruit stand at the entrance to a Huning supermarket in the Ningan neighborhood on Jianshi North Road, they saw a truck with Henan license plate A6H68 that upon seeing the situation [of enforcement] began driving away without noticing that their little boy, who was about 4 years old, was playing under the vehicle, leading to the child being crushed and dying at the scene.

The statement also said that today’s operation was to rectify the dirty and chaotic appearance of both sides of Xiaoshan district’s main thoroughfare, improving the city’s management, and that the Xiaoshan Economic Development Zone Regulatory Commission had organized the chengguan, traffic police, local police station and the Xingda City Administration Company to collectively rectify the environment and appearance of the northern sector of the city from January 13th to January 31st.

“Immediately after the accident happened, chengguan personnel from the development zone immediately called 120 [emergency medical services] for help, and 120 arrived on the scene within 10 minutes.” The statement also claimed the northern city police station promptly handled the situation at the scene of the incident, with the development zone and City Management Bureau responsible for handling the matter. Currently the accident is under investigation.

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Comments from Sina News: 

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板烧鸡腿汉堡小盆友[广东东莞]

If one day the news reports “city resident beaten to death by roadside street peddler for inquiring about prices without buying”, then you will all probably be online yelling asking why the chengguan weren’t doing their job. Every time I pass places where street peddlers operate, the ground is covered in trash and an awful stench fills the air. Does this not disgust you people? Just because life is difficult doesn’t mean you can break the law!

[Note: The common sympathetic defense for street peddling is that while it is technically illegal and against city ordinances for the problems they are associated with (sanitation, congestion, etc.), these people are just trying to make a living however they can, so they should be tolerated or at least given some leeway.]

康婷精英济南李[山东济南]

When will China return a piece of clear sky [peace and tranquility, good life] to the ordinary common people. Yet another accident instigated by the chengguan. The poor ordinary common people. Having to make a living and bring their child along, so tragic.

RayH_THU[北京] (responding to above)

Don’t be shameless, what does this have to do with the chengguan?

w83349[广西南宁]

Are the chengguan devils? To make city residents so afraid of them?

用户5309259688[河南开封] (responding to above)

Which city residents are afraid of the chengguan? Only the street vendors who illegally take up space on the streets to do business are afraid of them.

给你一封情书丶2015[海南海口]

When I first saw this article, I thought there would again be a bunch of comments cursing the chengguan as usual, but what I end up seeing are all voices of reason. When city management doesn’t conduct enforcement, people then just complain that they take taxpayers’ money without doing any work. Sigh…

用户3820520954[辽宁沈阳]

Although I sympathize with the victim, it seems like the chengguan didn’t do anything wrong. Selfish behavior like vendors blocking the street when doing business must be stopped.

云与我[广东广州]

Without chengguan, this kind of thing would not happen. The chengguan must bear responsibility.

RayH_THU[北京] (responding to above)

Without a judicial body, there would be no death penalty. So do all the the people in the judicial body want to die? Retard.

夹饼加蛋不放辣[吉林长春]

[In response to a discussion thread that began with a commenter suggesting the street vendor go to America, where an old Chinese man is able to peddle a Chinese food item on a major street not far from Times Square without chengguan or police expelling or shutting him down, without having to pay any fees, and earns a considerable amount of money doing so. Multiple responses from other Sina netizens lambasted him for not knowing what he’s talking about, asking if he’s ever even been to America.]

There’s always some people, who only see the good parts of foreign countries, but only see the bad parts of our own country, and think they know everything, going around instigating and fanning arguments. I only have one thing to say to this kind of person, I bought a watch last year [a phrase that is essentially a pun on “fuck you”]

LJZ1983[福建福州]

While a thief is committing a crime, he sees a police officer come by on patrol, then flees, but in his haste, he has a traffic accident or loses his footing and falls down. Should this also be blamed on the police? It’s fine to be critical of the chengguan, but it should be rational and with cause. Don’t recklessly flame [complain/criticize] regardless of what the situation is. This only proves your own ignorance.

工行伙伴[陕西咸阳] (responding to above)

What you said here is wrong/unfair! Is a street vendor a thief? Why would he run away as soon as the chengguan came if not because he was afraid!? And you didn’t say who’s right and who’s wrong. What you wrote here simply adds insult to injury for the dead child’s parents! Those who aren’t resilient [to such comments] might just commit suicide [as a result of them], and then you would be an accessory to their death!!!

So果[四川成都]

Ridiculous, the chengguan were conducting enforcement normally, and they ran over their own child, but are now blaming others? What a joke.

天启MR[湖北神农架] (responding to above)

So according to you, Chinese people getting massacred by the Japanese is very normal, and we can’t blame anybody but ourselves. War is cruel, and if you can’t beat the enemy, does that mean you can only say you deserved it?

江东子弟无衣[江苏南京]

Amazing. Everybody, look at the comments. Fairness is in the hearts of the people.

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  • Amused

    It’s truly tragic the kid died, but I can’t help wondering if this guy is now going to camp outside his own house, gnash his teeth, pull his own hair and demand compensation from himself.

    • Irvin

      It could be a blessing, the kid doesn’t have to grow up with a retarded father now.

    • 宋易

      hopefully he will be doing that in prison for a while. hes not fit to have a child or freedom.

  • biggj

    That’s shitty. The guy lost his son, but it was his fault 100%.. I’m sure he never meant to do it, but he should have been more aware of his surrounding….especially where his 4 year son was…anyhow…whats done is done and it’s a sad outcome regardless.

    All the people blaming the chengguan are retards.

    • Probotector

      Yeah the chengguan may be heavy handed, but they’re enforcing the law, and he’s a coward to flee the law when he knows he’s breaking it, and low and behold, an innocent has paid with his life.

      • don mario

        nonsense. the law regarding some areas is not black and white at all. street peddling being one of them.

        they should just regulate it properly where you need a permit to sell things in certain areas. if not you get charged.. but what they have is thugs beating people up if they do what is sometimes considered wrong and sometimes considered ok.

        i don’t know whose fault the running over the kid is(chances are its the guys own fault based on the fact that a chinese person and driving it involved..) but it is not right to support the chengguan system at all.

        • Probotector

          “they should just regulate it properly where you need a permit to sell things in certain areas. if not you get charged..”

          Agreed, but who is going to enforce it? I don’t agree with them getting beaten up, but street peddling is one microcosm example of many where the law is flouted with impunity. It is the chenguan’s job to tackle this. I don’t agree with their methods, by and large, but if they ‘are not to be supported at all’ then why do they exist? The same could be said for regular police who do the same thing. By your logic you’re saying that the concept of policing and law enforcement should not be supported at all because there’s often police brutality.

          • don mario

            don’t talk shit.

            i did not say that police should not enforce the law. police should enforce the law, especially simple matters such as street peddling. but chengguan are NOT police men. they are a bunch of hired thugs.

            chinese people are not so different to the rest of us. they can follow laws. if the laws were black and white and consistently enforced then they would follow them rather straight forwardly. do you think chinese people would like the be fined and lose money? no, i think not. why do you think that in taiwan people act so civilised on the subway while on the mainland they act like a bunch of monkeys in the zoo? ..because they will be fined if not!

          • Probotector

            The Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, is what is normally referred to as Chengguan (城管). It is a local government agency that has been established in every Chinese city.

            They’re normally part of a city or municipality’s Urban Management Bureau ( 城市管理局) and are in charge of enforcement of urban management of the city. This includes local bylaws, which among others, includes unlicensed street peddling and obstruction of a public street. Not really just a bunch of ‘hired thugs’ then. Now, I know that often a lot of them are thuggish, and I don’t condone that, but they are an official agency, not an einsatsgruppen.

            I don’t know why you included your irrelevant second paragraph, but it only reiterates the need for an agency like the chengguan to enforce the law in a ‘black and white’ manner.

          • don mario

            i included it to show you that chinese people can follow laws when they are properly outlined and enforced. instead of grey area laws which use a group of thugs to intimidate and beat people up.

            just because they have an official name it doesn’t mean they arn’t a bunch of hired thugs who are used to intimidate and beat people up. what country do you come from where this is an acceptable way to uphold the law?

          • Probotector

            I alrady said I on’t condone the actions of the thuggish chengguan. Not all chengguan are thuggish you know.

    • Jahar

      Chinese people aware of their surroundings? Good one.

      • Free Man

        LOL. Thanks for a good laugh on a sunday morning!

      • Munkee

        Too bad can only upvote you once

      • Bing

        i dont get it educate me pls.

        • Jahar

          I can’t tell if you are being serious or not.

        • Paul Schoe

          If you don’t get Jahar’s remark, it is difficult to believe that you are in China. Sorry

    • Bing

      blaming chengguan is like blaming the U.S governemtn. it’s political correctness.

    • Taojessy

      Not only not aware of his surroundings- but why in the world would a parent try to “flee the scene” and not think to take their kids with them when they flee?!

  • Sharrma

    how tragic

    • monster

      you look good, are you bi or les?

      • Jahar

        You look like a dog. Get out of here.

      • NeverMind

        She likes ‘Reading, cooking and Yoga’. There’s your hint.

      • Irvin

        you look like an idiot, are you a moron or an imbecile?

  • sk8erry

    Original video here: http://v.qq.com/cover/j/j1yp8ixhdn2b98p.html?vid=a0015vuk7fj
    (Go to 0:57 for the surveillance camera part)
    Sadly when the father realized he just ran over his sun, his first reaction was to beat the Chengguans, not to check his son.

    • redgirls

      Im pretty sure the mans mind was not operating on a rational level. I would imagine his only thought was to get to his son and not yield to any one who may have tried to prevent that.That is just based on my own experience. I may be wrong.

      • Irvin

        you are wrong.

    • ClausRasmussen

      >> his first reaction was to beat the Chengguans

      I don’t think he had realized he had run over his son at that point. His wife only seems to notice after the fighting had started

    • holy shit yo

    • Munkee

      Wow, that video is just wrong… That guy is a complete idiot. If he kills himself, he should be a serious contender for this year’s Darwin awards (assuming he had a single child).
      This reminds me of how many times those shitty peddlers at Wujiang Lu almost knocked me with their carts while driving on sidewalks full speed to escape Chengguans around Nanjing Xi Lu.
      How about suing his ass for manslaughter by the way?

  • Irvin

    If he’d pay more attention while fleeing, he wouldn’t have ran over his son.
    If he’d pay more attention in school, he probably wouldn’t be peddling on the streets.
    If he’d pay more attention to his life, he probably realized he shouldn’t spawn.
    If only he had pay more attention.

    • 宋易

      paying attention runs at a premium round these parts.

    • redgirls

      Really? How mean.

      • Irvin

        If you want nice you should go to church. These here parts are rough undiluted truth.

  • David

    Poor little boy. How do you start a truck and begin to drive away without knowing where your own son is? It is sad that this child had to pay the price for his parent’s stupidity. Unfortunately the world is full of stupid people.

  • redgirls

    Oh Christ that poor, poor man, I’v been through this also, one minute walking along without a care in the world the next the truck hit and i’m staring at my six year old nephew on the road, dead, his little body broken. He was so little the truck driver could not see him, I can not blame the driver but It will never go away, never. God,I sincerely hope the family can find some peace. No one deserves this. Nobody.

    • 宋易

      if youre going to tell a story like that, you should explain… why were you not watching your nephew? it sounds like you were responsible for your nephew at the moment and you just let him get run over. is that wrong?

      • redgirls

        Yes it is. I was walking to his school as the children were been let out. It was raining heavy. The school let an oil truck into the school as the children were leaving he ran out to the gate as the truck went in to deliver the oil to the school the driver did not see him and hit him as he ran to the gate, remember he was six he ran out to the gates every day he attended school, with his friends he saw no danger. At the inquest it turned out that truck deliveries were not recommended as school policies ..Not recommended but not enforced either it was left to the discretion of each individual school. Thankfully the law has now changed..
        Sometimes the world conspires despite your best efforts. One minute and everything changes after that the clock stops and you can think about it forever then but you cant go back and change it.

        • Vance

          Sorry for your loss.

        • 宋易

          that sucks… one of my earliest memories (maybe 4 years old) is of going to traffic safety school. they taught us over and over and over ‘look both ways before crossing the street. look right, the look left, then look right again.’ then we had to practice it. sorry you lost your nephew.

          • redgirls

            Thank you but Something the judge told us as a family as a kindness perhaps was that the biggest danger to a child under the age of seven by law was the child themselves.Their concept of danger is not very strong and the biggest danger to their lives is their own judgement. they do not see the danger we see by virtue of their age and innocence.

          • 宋易

            that is wrong. a sense of danger and.awareness is taught, as i described in my previous post. i see adults every single day walk into traffic without looking for cars… just walk into the street while talking on the phone and looking down or away from traffic. a child under seven may not be able to understand the magnitude of danger, but can certainly be taught to be aware of it and avoid it. it sounds like the truck driver was profoundly irresponsible… driving quickly in a rainstorm as children are leaving school. what a pathetically stupid human being. it sounds like the driver, also, was not taught to understand the danger an enormous truck poses to a small child.

          • biggj

            Shit, when I was kid this war amps commercial would come on that just freaked me out. It’s creepy as hell. I guess china is like planet danger.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GN9dANKe_Y

          • 宋易

            dude that is really bizarre and not helpful to children, i think.

  • 宋易

    Well, thank god the fruit is safe. First things first.

    This really throws a spotlight on what I guess is old world, mindless parentage in Asia. Its not nearly so bad as what I saw many places in India, but the frequency that I see kids as young as toddlers walking around the sidewalk or street alone is mindblowing to me. There have also been a string of stories over on Shanghaiist of people leaving their small children home alone, who then fall out of windows, get their head stuck in something, get trapped in washing machines. Makes the piss poor parents of some of the small children I teach seem Mormon.

    Sorry, Chinese kids, a lot of you are just on your own. Good luck.

    • biggj

      “Well, thank god the fruit is safe. First things first.”

      I got a chuckle out of that, but sad thing is it’s true. He thought of the fruit on his truck first before the fruit from his loins.

      • 宋易

        Reminds me of the drug rehab coordinator on Breaking Bad who backed over his kid on his way to get more birthday booze.

        • Bing

          +1 from Chinese living in albuquerque.

    • Irvin

      Alot of animals in nature spawn a lot because they don’t expect every spawn to survive, a lot of humans adopt the same mindset to spawning as well.

    • Teacher in China

      My wife just told me a story about some parents that have a 13 year old kid and the mom had a 14 week fetus in her belly. The teenager decided she didn’t want a sibling, so she ordered them to get an abortion or she would kill herself. Naturally, the parents agreed and aborted the baby because……they’re fucking morons. The more crazy ass stories I hear like that one and the ones you mentioned (and the one in this post), the less confidence I have in the future of this society.

      • Kai

        I heard the same thing earlier as well. I haven’t read about it yet but what I was told was she didn’t just threaten to kill herself, she actually tried.

        Barring a time machine to go back and change whatever engendered this sort of mentality in the girl, I’m not entirely sure what the parents should do. I’m going to go out on a limb and believe for the moment they’ve already tried reasoning with her AND calling her bluff. If so, and she remains deranged, and you don’t have a time machine to kick yourself in the ass if you believe you contributed to this idiocy, what do you as her parents do?

        EDIT:

        I just found an article: http://news.163.com/15/0118/11/AG84DD0400011229.html

        She has threatened to drop out of school, run away, and kill herself (jump to her death). Her mother gave in “with tears in her eyes” when the daughter began slitting her wrists.

        Damning of the parents is that they admit they’ve spoiled their “princess” rotten. At first they didn’t take her threats seriously, but apparently her temper got worse as the pregnancy continued and she started throwing things around the house. When the mother found blades in her room and cuts on her daughter’s arms, they tried talking to her, but the daughter remained obstinate that she would commit suicide if they have a second child.

        The final paragraphs talk about how it’s normal for children to be apprehensive of new siblings, with consideration for the trends that came about due to China’s One Child Policy and how many children may have grown up with 4 grandparents and 2 parents all doting on the one child itself. The article also admonishes extreme cases like this one pointing out that the parents need to reflect on how they’re raising their child.

        So, I probably wouldn’t fault the parents for giving in when presented with such an emotionally-blackmailing impossible situation, but they’re idiots for how they raised their child to arrive at this sort of impossible situation.

        • Teacher in China

          I still think they’re idiots for giving in to her. I refuse to believe that there weren’t other options available. Giving in to blackmail like that – what are you setting yourself up for in the future? What lesson are you teaching that kid and how is it going to affect her in her future life? Pretty soon it’s going to be “Take me to Pizza Hut or I’m going to kill myself!” OK, I’m being an ass, but you know what I mean. I think resources for mental illness are still pretty scarce in this country, but there must have been someone she could have talked to or somewhere she could have gone for treatment if things had gotten that serious. Giving in to such an extreme level of emotional blackmail is just not acceptable.

          • vincent_t

            i doubt this is mental illness. It is more to do with the way she was raised. I bet she learn it from the parents, either the dad or mum have done the same trick frequently in the family and the girl picked that up. Maybe the mum herself threaten to divorce when she could’t get her husband attention or gift that she wants.

          • Teacher in China

            I think there has to be some sort of mental illness involved in anyone who even tries to kill themselves. We could argue about degrees and levels of illness or whatever, but in the end that’s not the point. The parents had options other than killing a baby that was past the 1st trimester; yes, they may have been difficult, life-changing, like 24-hour a day supervision of the teen by a family member or other extreme measures, but I would have thought that the life of your future child would be worth fighting for.

          • vincent_t

            I agree with you that they definitely need to take action instead of giving in. But they didn’t , which makes me believe even more that this pair of couple does have some issues themselves, not just parenting but very twisted view of value and perspective.

          • Teacher in China

            Good point. I’d hope there was some serious soul-searching and shouting and arguing before the decision; but to just go through with it at all doesn’t reflect well on them.

          • Kai

            Yeah, I know what you mean and believe me, I TOTALLY empathize. Problem is if I think a bit further, I also have to admit I’d find the situation impossible.

            People can be incredibly irrational in this world, nevermind impulsive, coddled teenagers going through the hormonal throes of puberty, so I’m not super confident the parents would win thinking she’d fold to them calling her bluff. She may very well go through with it, though I personally thinking cutting is more melodramatic attention-seeking than a serious death-wish. If I were them, I’d probably only fold if she bluffed by actually quietly climbing out onto a ledge without intending to attract attention demonstrating some serious intent to off herself.

            I’d say this kid and her parents are doomed and possibly forever so. All we can do is have this be a lesson to the rest of us to avoid following in their footsteps.

          • Teacher in China

            Yeah agreed. This story has popped into my head several times in the last few days. I just can’t imagine being in that position (her parents’ position). They are definitely doomed.

        • Guest

          Or maybe their daughter is just mentally ill.

          • Kai

            It’s possible, but the parents are openly blaming themselves for having spoiled her into being so headstrong.

      • 宋易

        i cant help but think the parents made the right decision.

        • Teacher in China

          I totally disagree.

          • 宋易

            i just meant all three of them sound awful. baby dodged a bullet.

          • Teacher in China

            Yeah no shit. And if they had gone through with the birth, I wonder if the baby would have survived – how long before before the crazy teen smothers it or throws it out the window?

          • 宋易

            to beijing boarding school with her!

          • 宋易

            I also struggle to buy this doting argument… loved children give love back. this is an exalted child. exaltation is not the same as love.

          • Teacher in China

            Yeah it’s more than doting. Doting usually has more of a positive connotation. I like exalting, and I think that lies at the root of the problem, maybe mixed in with some already existing mental issues.

          • Kai

            I’m gonna presume he’s suggesting the second child will end up just as bad, so the abortion saved the world from one more spoiled self-centered brat?

            Edit: Oops, just saw his response. Also an understandable if morbid thought, lol.

        • Zappa Frank

          why? they should have let the 13een bitch kill herself and hope to have a better one with the next.

      • Bing

        i’m waiting for your comment under that news.

        • Teacher in China

          Yeah I didn’t bother with it too much since I didn’t feel like repeating what I already said here. Just upvoted a lot. Upvoting – the lazy man’s commenting!

    • vincent_t

      yeah sure, mindless parentage only happens in Asia. Everyone knows that

      • 宋易

        No, it doesn’t, but in China and India, its perfectly acceptable. You can abuse or abandon your kid in public, and its unlikely anyone will confront you about it, even the police.

        Please stay on the same page with the rest of the forum. This is not a high school civic class… we are talking about the real world.

        • vincent_t

          I am not sure about India, i agree in China the parenting culture is somewhat different from the “norm” perceived by many other cultures but putting it as a whole Asia thing is a no brainer. Asia is not just China and India. And lots of the parenting issues I see in China I do observed in other countries too, tho I admit it may be less severe or I just didn’t stationed in that country long enough.

          And funny how you say stay on the same page with the rest of the forum. Like I don’t agree with you than I am against the forum? tell me since when you represent the whole forum.

          • 宋易

            I specified “old world Asia,” not all of Asia, and also meant that to distinguish that brand of bad parentage from bad parentage elsewhere.

            You didn’t express an opinion to agree or disagree with, you just made a sarcastic jab that mischaracterized my comment.

    • Boris

      A (distant) relative of the wife unfortunately lost her son in such a manner. Kid left alone for 5 mins as the dad went down to let in his mum. Kid was 5 (Chinese) years old and fell out the 5th floor window.

      • 宋易

        Also several stories recently about toddlers wandering around the street when their parents leave them alone, and they fall into open sewers. Insane.

        • sk8erry

          Not sure which is more insane, kids wandering alone or unattended open sewers.

          • 宋易

            The former…. sewers have only been around for several thousand years, children have been around for tens of thousands of years.

    • Bing

      can’t agree more.
      there existed some very negative words on this kind situation. 有人養沒人教, “you can breed but you can’t teach”.

  • monster

    so sad!

  • Vance

    Very sad, but how is it that this guy got in a truck and started to drive off without knowing where his son is? Was he going to go off and leave him in his panic?

    • ClausRasmussen

      His wife wasn’t in the truck. He probably presumed she would take care of him

      • Munkee

        That’s IT! That’s the wife’s fault! Always women’s fault! I guess he will kick her ass really good for not paying a close look to their son. (this comment is ironic)

        • Dan

          I think you mean sarcastic…

          • Munkee

            Thought ironic works as well, but should you prefer, let’s say it is sarcastic then.

  • AbC

    The story seemed to get a lot more attention simply because it has the word ‘Chengguan’ in the title. Probably won’t be such a media hype if it just stated the truth ‘Idiodic street vender runs over own son’

  • Dolph Grunt

    “Which city residents are afraid of the chengguan? Only the street vendors who illegally take up space on the streets to do business are afraid of them.”

    Holy crap! Sensible comments! Who would have thunk it.

  • Dolph Grunt

    The reason stuff like (well, at least half of the stories here) this happens in China is law. There is none. Every time I read the world news in the paper and there’s a headline “China introduces new law that… blah blah blah” I have to laugh. Laws are introduced for PR and no other reason.

    The street vendors are policed by a private organization and both parties have no clear idea what the “tolerable” law is currently.

    I remember, a couple of years ago, I traveled around Shanghai and met some old Chinese friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. In the evening, they called me at my hotel. “Would you like to come to the bar for a drink?” she asked.

    “Sure,” I replied. “Where?”

    She gave me the address and apologized that neither her, nor her husband, could pick me up as they had been drinking. I was proud of them and of the country as a whole, to hear that. Years ago when I was in China, people had no qualms about getting in the car loaded, and even joked about it.

    I got to the bar and proceeded to get inebriated with them. At about one in the morning we decided play time was over and it was time to go home and sleep it off. “C’mon! We’ll drop you off!” one of them said.

    “What? I thought you weren’t driving?”

    “Only before 10pm. After that the police aren’t out,” they replied.

    Law is a joke in China. Literally. No one follows it. Doubt it will change anytime soon, though I could be wrong.

    • sk8erry

      That‘s pretty f-ed up. I’m glad most of my friends in China take DUI seriously. But I know the vast majority of people don’t.

    • Teacher in China

      Agreed. Lots of laws, no enforcement. That’s one of the biggest problems in China right now, imho. Especially when it comes to traffic/driving offences. And the more expensive the car, the less likely the cops are to do anything. Who knows how many connections a person has if they can afford a BMW or whatever. Don’t even get me started….definitely one of my pet peeves in China.

    • ClausRasmussen

      >> Only before 10pm. After that the police aren’t out

      China. I love it (while fearing for my life)

  • Jahar

    Him making this post didn’t cause the neglectful death of his child. He also isn’t breaking the law. You need to figure out what logic means.

  • Luke the Duke

    What a fckn mook. What did he think he was doing: ditching his son in the town centre while he ran away?

  • wvavin

    This is extremely sad. Very very sad.

  • Lol. This is funny AND awkward. This is going to be now my new “A Chinese man walk in to a bar” story!

    • shit religion

      Funny? A small child died and you think this is funny? Are you a total retard? Or just a monkey without feelings.

    • NeverMind

      Do you ever think that others feel the same pain as you feel?

  • Marcus Black

    Today’s narrative is hating chengguan but some day you’ll be hoping for chengguan to save you as your skinny ass is being chased by some knife wielding lunatic. Chengguan is not there to be your friend. He’s there to stop you doing stupid sh*t and breaking the law. Yes some chengguans are corrupt but the first place you would go (given you survive the ordeal) is the chengguan station (police station) when some guy wearing a motorcycle helmet smashes a brick on the back of your head as you withdraw money from a cash machine. Just saying.

    • vincent_t

      i guess you have no idea exactly what is chengguan.

      • Boris

        Don’t feed the troll.

      • Marcus Black

        As a matter of fact I do. They aren’t your normal police. They deal with city management and such. They don’t deal with catching criminals or fighting crime. However the word chengguan seems to be used to cover both the actual chengguans and normal police.

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