10-Year-Old Boy Cuts Worker's Safety Line Because He Was Disrupting His Cartoons

A man installing lights on the outside of an apartment building in China was just doing his job -- a job that naturally involves making a little bit of noise -- when a 10-year-old boy couldn't take the way he was disrupting his cartoons and did something absolutely frightening: he cut his safety rope with a knife.

For the next 40 minutes, the worker was left dangling 100 feet above the ground. Now, if you have children, this is the point where you might be wondering how you would proceed. Send him to boot camp, perhaps? You may be surprised when you find out how this child's dad reacted to him nearly killing a man.

So, let's back up for a second because this detail may be important to the story: as the child was reportedly cutting the rope, this poor worker begged him to stop. He says the kid refused to listen. Oh, he also claims the boy "just stood" and watched him. Anyone else feel chills running up their spine?

One of the man's workmates heard him scream for help and called the fire department. Thank goodness they were able to bring the worker down to safety.

At first, the boy reportedly refused to tell police what had happened, but they say he later confessed. When dad Tang Peng heard about the incident, he reportedly said, "He just didn't think. We have apologized and bought the man a new rope." Oh, also: they apparently gave him a "good talking too" and he promised to never do it again.

Oh. My. Lord.

Let's start chiming in and filling in the blanks with the "if this was my kid, I would ..." or the "if I did this when I was younger my mom would have .." I sincerely have no idea how I would react if my child did something like this. Age 10 is certainly old enough to know better, isn't it? I'll say it again: thank the lord this worker is okay.

What would you do if your child did something like this? Do you think age 10 is old enough to know better?


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nonmember avatar MK

10 years old??? Unless this kid has a mental disability he should have known better! This sounds like early display of sociopathic symptoms and this kid needs to be put in therapy. If he's not a sociopath, then he is an extremely spoiled and indulged child and those parents need to seriously crack down on that child.

Snapp... SnappleQueen

Why does the dad need to explain what punishment he's doled out or what psychiatric services he's sought for his kid? This happened in China where the culture is different. Perhaps, unlike Americans, they don't feel the need to air their dirty laundry. 

nonmember avatar Lena

This is from the same country where a man was standing on a bridge about to commit suicide. Police were negotiating with him for about an hour, when another Chinese man walked onto the bridge and told him to go ahead and jump because the jumper had made him late to work. The dude jumped.

Emma Graham

May I just point out that if anyone over the age of 18 did this same thing, maybe even younger, they would be charged with attempted murder. Something is seriously wrong with that child.

nonmember avatar marzian

Actually, Lena, the guy didn't jump; he was pushed. And he was fine. That's what he gets for wasting everyone's time.


I'd have him in a therapists' office pronto, the little sociopath! His parents are blind to his nature.


Dad is probably scared of him and didn't say dick. Soon this kid will start wishing people into the corn field.

MissT... MissTacoBell

Read "Chinese boy". The pride of the family as Chinese families can only have one child. They get away with whatever they want to if the parent is wealthy.

nonmember avatar bigbob

maybe he came down with affluenza

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

bigbob: ... I just died. *LOLOLOL*

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