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‘Please let my Dad go on holiday’, Chinese boy pleads with boss

Handwritten note asking for time off to allow father and son to take a break over the summer holiday moves internet users in China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2017, 12:49pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2017, 2:18pm

An eight-year-old boy has touched the hearts of internet users in China after he wrote a note to his father’s boss pleading for him to get time off so they could spend a few days on holiday before the summer ends.

The boy’s father works in IT in Beijing, but had no time to take him on holiday due to pressure of work, the Red Star News website reported.

“The summer vacation has come. [My friend] Xiaoming is now on holiday with his parents and I want to go on vacation, too,” the boy wrote in his pencilled note.

“But Dad always says he’s busy at work. Can you give my father a few days leave?” he was quoted as saying. “Xiaoming says people who don’t use the summer holidays to travel are dumb.”

The father, whose full name was not given, said his son handed him the note before he left home for work on Tuesday morning.

“He asked me to read it when I was in the office,” the father said.

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He added that he had promised to take his son on holiday, but was always too busy.

“I’ve been quite occupied at work and couldn’t keep my word,” he said. “He must be quite upset, so he came up with this idea.”

The father did not hand the note to his boss, but decided to definitely take him on holiday this summer, the report said.

The father posted a picture of the note on social media and it had been shared more than 13,000 times by Wednesday morning.

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One person commented on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter: “I was always jealous when I found my classmates travelling during the summer holidays while I had to stay at home because my parents were busy. I hope the boss can approve it so the father can take the boy travelling. Don’t forget to spend time with your loved ones because of work.”

A report released in January suggested that workers in China’s IT sector worked the most beyond regular office hours.