Wednesday, 01. April 2015
17. 07. 14. - 16:00
A Chinese man from a poor family who got a job with a car company after graduating from university called his mother to tell her not to visit many more, because she was too ugly.
The shocking story was exposed when mum Ding Liang, 63, was spotted standing outside a housing complex in the Xiaoshan District of the city of Hangzhou in eastern China by local man Hsin Pai, 53.
He told local media: "I asked her what she was doing, I thought she was looking at the garbage and was going to tell her to go away. She had a carrying pole which indicated she was someone from the countryside and I thought she was looking for rubbish that she might be able to sell. When she told me that she came to the big city to visit her son and showed me the clothes that she had made for her new grandchild, I felt a bit guilty and decided to try and help her."
He said that together they had tried to telephone the number she had for the young man, and added: "I wasn't getting any answer either so I asked her what she had arranged with him, and she told me that actually she hadn't arranged anything.
"I asked her why and then she burst into tears and told me that actually her son had told her he was only calling to say that his wife had had a baby, but he didn't want her to visit because she was too ugly and would embarrass him in front of his new friends."
The man was so shocked that he called the local TV station, which turned up to interview the woman and confirmed her tale.
She told them that she was from a village outside Yuyao, a city in the same Chinese province as Hangzhou, and that she had been very proud of her son and only child when he had done well at school and got a place at university. After graduating he had moved to Hangzhou after landing a good job at an upmarket car dealership and had married.
But he had reportedly been embarrassed by his mother's presence at his wedding because she had dressed like a peasant and after that he'd had had very little to do with her.
She said: "I don't mind, I know he has his own life now, so I understand that he doesn't call and only speaks to be when I ring him. But when he rang me the other day to say that he had had a baby, I wanted to visit him and bring my grandchild some gifts. He told me not to come, he said I would embarrass him because I'm too ugly."
She said she had decided to come anyway and had woken up at 4 AM to catch the bus to see her son, who she didn't name but who she said was 32-years-old. When she arrived he had not answered the phone and she had been left out on the street unsure exactly which flat he was in.
He said: "My husband told me not to come, and I said our daughter-in-law has given birth, so I definitely must come, that I’ll bring some stuff to give them. I got up at 4am and got here a little after 9am. But I have been waiting here all day long and my son is still not answering his phone."
At the end of the day she left still carrying the handmade baby clothes and gifts from the countryside.
In a short TV programme about the woman's visit that ended up widely discussed in Chinese social media the presenters acknowledges that there might be an additional reason why the son was refusing to see his mother who had clearly come bearing gifts for her grandchild.
But at the end of the day, they added: "Whatever the additional matters might be if there are any, when it comes to a mother who gave birth to a child and raised that child, what is there that cannot ultimately be tolerated or forgiven?"
Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.
Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.
Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.
Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.
First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.
Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.
Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Conchita Wurst Graces This Years Life Ball Poster|
|Uncle Hung Boy From Fence As Punishment|
|Handsome Policeman Causes Stampede Of Female Admirers|
|Tree House Takes Root In Italian Town|
|Four Needles In Teens Body Including One In Heart|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.