There are a lot of crazy stories out there about what parents are doing in response to their kids’ online antics. Remember Tommy Jordan? He was the father who shot his daughter’s laptop after reading one of her Facebook posts. And of course, Denise Abbott, the mom who posted a photo of her daughter with an “x” over her mouth, also because of Facebook.
A recent story coming out of China might surpass both of these parenting tactics in terms of craziness. According to Mashable, a dad in China was so tired by his son’s incessant video game playing, he actually hired online assassins to kill off all the characters his son was managing online.
Kotaku reports that the son was an unemployed 23-year-old who had a real penchant for gaming. His dad, Mr. Feng, unhappy with his son’s jobless status decided to take matters into his own hands. Thinking that by killing off all his son’s characters would help spur him into job-finding mode, Mr. Feng somehow found gaming virtuosos who were stronger, faster, more stealthy, and more importantly, able to beat out his son in every battle online.
Mr. Feng’s plans were foiled after the son eventually found out his plot. Kotaku reports that the son’s response was, “"I can play or I can not play, it doesn't bother me. I'm not looking for any job—I want to take some time to find one that suits me."
It remains to be seen if the 23-year-old has stopped gaming or found a job, but the dad certainly made an effort to make a change. Do you agree with what Mr. Feng did or do you think he took it to the extreme like the other parents?
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