A video (below) of a man beating up two people believed to be his parents has gone viral, but the reason he did it is even more shocking than the footage of him hitting the older couple.
The trio reportedly got into an argument that escalated outside a real estate office in Harbin, China, after the parents bought him an apartment as a wedding present, reports the Shanghaiist.
One would think that most would be grateful for the act, even if they weren’t a big fan of the space itself. But not this young man.
When the son found out what apartment they had purchased for him, he reportedly decided that it was too small for his liking and lost it completely.
Onlookers were surprised to see the man slugging the couple. The video shows them trying to block his attacks but not hitting him back. When they found out that the man’s victims were also his parents, passersby immediately got involved by chasing him down the street, holding him down and calling the police, who brought him to the station, where he told them the selfish reason for his temper tantrum.
The video has invoked anger across the globe, with many people saying that the man suffers from “Little Emperor Syndrome,” the so-called result of China’s one-child policy, in which some say that there are more spoiled only children in the country due to doting parents and children who did not learn to compromise with siblings, according to a 2013 NPR report.
One 2005 internet survey found that 58 percent of single children identified as both selfish and lonely, while many others said their household revolved around them and that they enjoyed it.
“My parents, they give me everything,” 23-year-old A.J. Song from Guizhou, China, told NPR. “I’m the center of attention in the family.”
It’s hard to say whether or not the “Little Emperor” stereotype is true, but one thing is for sure: The man in the video assaulting his parents sure fits the “spoiled brat” profile.
Sources: Shanghaiist, Ray Donovan/YouTube, NPR / Photo credit: Ray Donovan/YouTube