13-year-old theft addict handcuffed and leashed by parents

February 5, 2011Jing Gao7 Comments, , , , , , ,

From NetEase

On January 27 in Shanghai, Little Peng was chained to a chair by her parents in their mom-and-pop noodles making store. Little Peng is often chained 24 hours a day and is only let loose when she goes to the restroom in company with her mother. Talking about their daughter, the father and mother felt very helpless.


13-year-old Little Peng remains tethered in the store while her parents are busy attending to the business. Both parents make a living in Shanghai. Little Peng and her three siblings were left behind in their hometown Chongqing and taken care of by their paternal grandparents.


Little Peng’s hands are swollen from being cuffed for too long. When she was a primary school student in Chongqing, she picked up the pilfering habit. Police talked to her family many times. Her teacher visited her home and warned her grandparents of her obsession. However, her grandparents are too old to rein her.


Little Peng’s parents brought her to Shanghai in March, 2010. However, Little Peng failed to mend her ways and went on to steal.


Little Peng’s father felt helpless to do anything about it, because they are almost completely taken up with the noodles business. Little Peng often snuck out to steal. The police and neighbors lodged multiple complaints. Her parents had no choice but to shackle their daughter’s hands with iron chains and fasten her in the store.

Selected comments from NetEase:

网易江苏省连云港市网友 [月君]

I’ve found that many people have misunderstanding of the Law on the Protection of Minors. The Law on the Protection of Minors should protect kids who abide by the law and are honest rather than kids that violate the law and commit crimes.


Must take her to a psychiatrist. Otherwise her life would be ruined!


“The father felt helpless”? –For what does the father do business? Absolutely selfish, for himself! For money. And he ruined his offspring. Whatever circumstance he is under, educating the next generation should be his responsibility.

网易上海市网友 [一笑拂尘]

The method is wrong. But you only know how to lecture others with your mouth. If he doesn’t make money, how can he feed his family? With his mouth?


Bullshit! How do you support your family if your don’t make money? If one can make money in one’s hometown, who would leave the native place for an alien land? This has much to do with the inequity of the economic and social development! Don’t blame the parents only, or simply say something like psychotherapy. If all the ordinary people can live a prosperous and contented life, no one would leave their own flesh and blood (offspring) behind.

网易广东省东莞市网友 [让李刚飞] 的原贴:

No matter what, this method is not right.


You won’t say so when you get robbed and stabbed on the street by a minor one day.

网易山东省临沂市网友 [乱了乱世]

No one is willing to be a bad kid from childhood. This thing reflects that building mental wellness for children left behind should be the top priority. It’s not as simple as raising them.

网易河北省保定市网友 [刺刀]

It is but a little side effect of encouraging farmers and peasants to abandon their farms and go out for a job.

网易河南省焦作市网友 [大爱小莉]

How do you steal if you can’t even pick a lock? Learn lock-picking first.

网易广东省深圳市网友 [同城缘]

As far as parenting is concerned, this is not a big deal. There are simply differences. As far as law is concerned, this is restriction of personal freedom, or even illegal detention. They can sue you.

网易湖南省长沙市网友 [nbdejiahuo] :

Damn. They f**king wantonly gave birth. If you don’t have the dough, why did you bear so many kids?


The Law on Protection of Minors protects those who commit crimes today and reach 18 tomorrow.

网易广东省中山市网友 [網奸協會會長]

Kids only need as short as less then two decades to grow. Please treasure it.

网易广东省江门市网友 [草爬蟲]

If one steals needles in childhood, he would steal gold after reaching adulthood.


Are you going to have kids sentenced to life imprisonment? Given the third degree? You should educate within the boundaries set by the law of protection rather than hurting their self-esteem. That will backlash.

网易陕西省西安市网友 [chenshi330] :

I also had the bad habit of stealing money when I was little. Who didn’t steal a buck or two to buy snacks and play games? And they have all corrected their mistakes. It’s just a matter of education!


Actually the kid was innocent. She simply wanted to draw her parents attention by stealing after having been missing her parent’s love. Chaining like this does no good to the kid, and will only push her further into the depth of vice. Take the kid to a shrink! Boys will be boys. They can turn good under correct guidance.

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4 comments to “13-year-old theft addict handcuffed and leashed by parents”

  1. Cleo | February 5, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    There isn't one child that the two parents can claim to have raised themselves not even the one by their side. That's really devastating. We are very far away from Tiger Mom being the norm. Maybe we should circulate the story of Tiger Mom to discourage mindless childbearing.

  2. Nic | February 13, 2011 | Permalink Reply


  3. Hjy | February 14, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    this are the chinese people. They hasnot any education, any culture.

    • Jing Gao | February 14, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      Hi, even though my defense may sound weak to you, but I want to say, what happens according to this post is never common or typical in China. It is risky and unfair to make such a generalization.

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