An actually good story from Xinhua: On November 2, a 17-year-old high school student in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province named Xu Lihan was biking to school when he collided with a parked BMW, breaking a rearview mirror and causing paint damage. Xu waited for the owner to return, but when no one showed up, he scribbled a note with his contact information, saying, “I’m sorry that I can’t give you compensation right now.”
We’ll let Xinhua tell it from here:
“There was nothing extraordinary. I caused trouble, so I should shoulder my obligations,” Xu said.
But his act amazed the owner of the car, a man surnamed Ling.
Ling said he found the boy as he was about to leave.
Ling’s friend immediately grabbed the teenager, as they suspected he was fleeing the scene of the damage, and prepared themselves for a fierce argument.
“But the boy did not defend himself. Instead, he kept apologizing. Then we spotted the note and fell silent,” Ling said.
Impressed by Xu’s act of honesty, Ling told the student he did not need to pay for the damage.
Ling added, “If such virtues are common among the next generation, I believe that society still has hope.”
The story was told by Ling on Sina Weibo. Journalists tracked down both Ling and Xu, giving the kid 15 minutes of fame, all for performing such a small act of responsibility (not even kindness, mind you). But good on the kid, and Ling.
“Thank you, child, for purifying the minds of adults who have been contaminated in this filthy world,” Ling wrote.
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