Saturday, June 10, 2006

Reprehensible

If you thought the last entry was bad, think again...

One of my colleagues was recently telling me over dinner that he was shocked when the security guards in his apartment complex asked for access to his balcony so they could climb to the neighbours balcony.

The reason for this request was that his neighbours had called the security guards to say that they had left their kids (about 9 and 7 years old) at home while they went on a business trip and, to ensure their safety (how thoughtful) they had deadlocked the door from the outside. The kids did have keys but couldn't open the door. The business trip was lasting longer than expected so the doting parents had called the security guard because it occurred to them that the kids might have run out of food.

The scary things about this is that it neither appears to be uncommon (YY recalls being tied to her bed when her parents went out when she was very little) nor illegal. My suggestions that people such as the parents feature above would be vilified by the media and the nation and would almost certainly end up in jail seem to be surprising.

7 comments:

HistoryElephant said...

You could lend them your ayi for the duration.

HistoryElephant said...

For anyone who doesn't know, an ayi [阿姨] is an 'ald biddy' who cleans, cooks, looks after kids, etc. That's right, a servant.

JP said...

Scarier and scarier; perhaps they'll turn to cryogenics in the future.

BTW, your posts are turning into PSB albums.

JP said...

Actually; Very; Relentless...

...Outrageous; Reprehensible.

dB said...

Oh Pet Shop Boys! It didn't make any sense when I thought you were talking about the Public Security Bureau (China's police force).

HistoryElephant said...

it made sense to me when I thought it was the public security bureau, but now it does make sense

JP said...

I told my sister this story; 'That's outrageous' says she; 'no' says I, 'that was yesterday'.