A toddler has shamed a litterbug who decided to throw an empty bottle from his car by picking it up and handing it back to him.
A one-year-old Chinese boy taught one litterbug a valuable lesson after the motorist thought they could get away with throwing rubbish out of their car.
The video has gone viral over TikTok, the Chinese video app, which shows a driver throwing an empty bottle out of his window. The concerned toddler than gives the piece of litter back to the motorist through the same window.
According to the boy’s mother, she thinks her son assumed that the person dropped the bottle by accident so therefore only thought he was trying to help him pick it back up.
The little boy has gone viral, with plenty of praise being directed at his attitude to littering, with many saying some adults need to learn an important lesson from this young child.
The toddler, named Sun Jiarui, lives in the city of Jining in eastern China’s Shandong Province.
His mother informed MainOnline that she was the one who captured the footage as she was walking her son through a residential complex on Monday.
The little boy’s mother, Jing Lulu, said she had gotten into the habit of filming her son learning to walk whenever they were out and about. It was only by chance that she caught this significant moment.
The 34-year-old woman says that her son is a very polite and curious child, who has great respect for the elderly.
“That day, he probably thought the bottle had fallen from the car by accident. He is a very simple child. If he sees other people drop stuff, he always helps to pick up,” she said.
“He is only one year and three months old and probably doesn’t have a strong sense of environmental protection, but his action taught the driver a lesson,” she added.
The boy’s behaviour which was caught on footage has become a trending piece on the short-video platform Douyin, with many people praising the caring child.
One person commented: “Moral fortitude has nothing to do with the age.”
Another viewer responded: “The baby is too cute and the driver should feel ashamed.”
Jiarui’s mother says that when her son handed the motorist the empty bottle back, he accepted it back without a word and her son immediately ran back to her.
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