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Foreigner detained for slapping Chinese boy at Shanghai airport

Woman also fined 500 yuan for hitting child in luggage-claim altercation

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 February, 2014, 3:21pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 February, 2014, 3:21pm

A foreign woman was detained by police and fined 500 yuan (HK$636) on Friday for slapping a six-year-old boy on the cheek after a small run-in near the luggage carousel at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.

The youngster was playing with a luggage cart near the conveyor belt when he – accidentally or intentionally – pushed the cart against the unidentified woman, who was waiting to pick up her belongings, according to local news website Xinmin.

The woman responded with a slap to his right cheek. But in an apparent attempt to defuse the situation, she tried to give him money.

According to the airport security’s microblog, the woman was fined and will be detained for 10 days for deliberate assault.

The aftermath was documented by a Weibo user, who posted a photo of the six-year-old with a pinkish mark on his face.

Another photo posted on the microblogging service showed two foreigners – a middle-aged woman wearing glasses, a scarf and her light brown hair tied in a bun, and a man wearing a black jacket and glasses – and captioned as “internet user captures [photo of] two foreigners who hit people”.

It was unclear how the two were related and if the woman was indeed the one who hit the boy.

Juxtaposed against the boy’s photo, however, Chinese users read the pair’s blank expressions of signs “indifference”.

However, netizens’ reactions were split. One user expressed sympathy for the woman, saying: “[It] happens all the time, ill-mannered little kids and their shameless parents. He deserved the slap.”

Other comments were sympathetic towards the boy and harsh towards the woman. “Go back to your country, foreign dog,” one user wrote. “If this were North America, she’d be in [prison] for life.”


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Badly behaved Chinese tourists are rincreasingly ruining holidays for others. They are not unique in this and It's mostly not intentional, simply selfish and inconsiderate. Shame the oldest civilisation often acts in an uncivilised way. I have huge sympathy for the French lady but she should not have hit the child, instead, those affected should confront the adults and complain to relevant authority figures. These thuggish parents then stamp their feet and scream for compensation like spoilt brats. Only yesterday I witnessed several incidents starting with children shouting and running around in a hotel restaurant (staff quickly and correctly intervened) and ending with two middle-aged ladies on an international flight watching a personal video on an iPad without earphones.
Normally i would say slapping the kid in this situation is justified but since i don't like French people so better kick them out of the country!
You never have the right to hit anyone else's child. Discipline is the parents' job. Better to slap the mother upside the head and knock off her trucker cap and sunglasses.
ill mannered kids and wonder if this women is from michigan, a very ill mannered state!!!
With all the polite and friendly people, the woman will long regret coming to China.
Or regret slapping that kid.
Parents who pamper their kids and do not discipline them are the guilty ones. These ill mannered kids ought to be slapped.Can happen to any nationalities all over the world. However the Chinese are among the worst.
I see Chinese people slapping their own children all the time.
It is slapping of other people's kids that is not on, in any culture.




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