Honey, we forgot the kid: Chinese parents drive off leaving son, nine, alone at petrol station

Footage shows boy trying to chase car after family’s absent-minded moment

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 August, 2017, 2:55pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 August, 2017, 4:57pm

Two careless parents left their nine-year-old son behind at a petrol station in southwest China on Sunday afternoon, driving for 10km before they realised what they had done.

The family were later reunited by traffic police, who found the crying boy at the petrol station in Guiding county, Guizhou province, according to a report by CCTV.

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The unidentified boy, from Henan province in central China, had left the car to go to the lavatory without telling his parents while they were refuelling the car.

Two minutes later, the parents drove off with their six-year-old daughter in the back seat, not checking if any of their children were missing.

A short video compiled of CCTV footage from the petrol station shows the boy chasing after his parents’ white car while they drive away, oblivious to what is happening.

The video, which was widely shared on Weibo and Chinese streaming site Pear Video, also shows the boy being escorted by traffic police into a car.

“After we drove around 10km I turned around and saw that one child was missing,” the boy’s mother said in the video.

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Social media commenters found the video equally funny and distressing.

A Weibo user shared the video under the caption: “The son must be heartbroken: are they really my family?”