A man in Hong Kong had to pay (literally) for his son’s mischief in a shopping mall.
The video of the incident has gone viral on social media. It shows a gold-colored 6-foot tall Teletubbies doll lying in pieces on the floor of a Mong Kok design toy store in the mall.
The man, identified only by his first name Cheng, told a radio station in Hong Kong that he was paid HK$33,600 (US$4,255) after his son was accused of kicking the toy statue. In Indian currency, this equates to Rs 3,30,168.
Mr Cheng said he went to KK Plus, a store in Langham Place Mall, on Sunday evening with his wife and two sons.
According to the Hong Kong Free Press, Mr Cheng claimed he had stepped outside to take a phone call for a few minutes when he heard a loud bang behind him. His son stared at a six-foot gold Teletubbies toy that had fallen down, had its head severed and an arm shattered.
“My son was motionless. He just stared down and looked at the toys,” Cheng told Commercial Radio.
Mr. Cheng was informed by a store employee that the toy was broken by his eldest son. He agreed to pay for the doll, assuming it was his son’s fault. However, the retailer informed him that he would only be charged the cost of $33,600.
Mr Cheng later realized that his son had been wrongly charged after watching the video online later that evening. His wife called KKPlus, he added.
Mr Cheng said the event had left his son traumatized. “He skipped class today,” Mr. Cheng said.
Social media users were outraged and accused KKPlus of defrauding the father. They wondered why the toys hadn’t been cordoned off to prevent people from getting close to them.
KKPlus released a statement online stating that the toy has been sitting in the same spot since November last year and that no customer has ever complained about any inconvenience. It added that the company would “learn from this experience to prevent similar incidents from happening again”. However, the statement has been removed.
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