Man dangerously dangles son from cliff for photo moment, Angry Internet says 'he doesn't deserve to be father'
A man who allegedly dangled his young son carelessly over the edge of a cliff in order to get the perfect picture for their trip has come under fire. Footage of the incident reportedly features the very moment when the young child is seen helplessly looking over, all while being dangled by his father over a steep slope. Another man can be seen taking pictures from behind. The incident took place in China, according to a Daily Mail report.
The video went viral across social media platforms and did not sit well with many users who called the father "undeserving of being a parent". Click to see the video here. The video was filmed at a local scenic spot in Beijing, Hongjing Road. The spot is said to be a 19 km (12 miles) winding road that is known for its picturesque sceneries and sharp bends.
According to local media, the twisting road is believed to snake around the mountain around seven times and is a height of 904 meters (2,965 feet) above sea level. In the shocking video clip, a concerned onlooker can be heard saying, "Look, look! The kid's hands are shaking!" There are many other tourists who seem to be traveling with the father-son duo but don't seem very bothered by the dangerous act.
The stretch of road where the father committed the irresponsible act is also known as "Devil's Road" as it has around 18 hairpin bends which had been instrumental as a defensive point during World War 2, according to a report by 7news.
The news station also shared that Hongjing Road was turned into a beautiful and scenic spot between May and October back in 2009. A pedestrian walkway was also added and put into place to get more people to visit the place on foot. It was also been reported that there was an observation deck that had been added to the highest point which is believed to be 904 meters (2,965 feet) above sea level.
The child can be seen placing both his little feet up against the concrete fall with a significantly large and deep drop down below, as other family members clicked pictures on their phones. Many social media users reacted to the news and took to commenting on how irresponsible the father seemed on Twitter. One such user commented, "OMG I feel sick. I have a fear of heights and seeing this pic turned my stomach over. It doesn't bear thinking about if he had lost his grip on the child."
Another added, "I'd grab the dad and dangle him over the edge with his ankles and see if he likes it." Another disturbed social media user shared, "I am ex RNLI and it never ceased to amaze me how stupid people could be on holiday." Chinese social media users took to commenting on China's Twitter equivalent, Weibo, and slammed the father for his behavior. One such user shared, "He doesn't deserve to be a father! I feel so sorry for the child to have parents like this." Another wrote, "Oh my god, taking your child's life as a joke just for some photos! A bunch of stupid and thoughtless idiots!"