Grandfather Left His Six-Year-Old Granddaughter As A Deposit After Forgetting Wallet At Chinese Bath House & She’s Been There For A Month
via Daily Mail:
A six-year-old girl who was left at a Chinese bath house by her grandfather as a deposit after he claimed he forgot his wallet is still living there a month on as he failed to collect her.
The girl, called Siyao, turned up at the facility in the city of Kunming in south western China’s Yunnan province after her grandfather announced he wanted a good wash in a warm bath and a relaxing massage afterwards.
But when he came to pay, staff say he suddenly announced that he had forgotten his money and would need to go home to collect it.
Bath manager Mee Wang, 40, explained: ‘He told the reception that would leave his granddaughter Siyao, behind as proof that he intended to return, and then left.’
But by the end of the day staff found that the grandfather had still not returned, and they were left looking after the girl who has now been living there for more than a month.
Siyao has now made good friends with the staff at the bath house, who have arranged a comfortable bed for her to sleep in overnight.
When the centre is closed they leave a TV switched on so she doesn’t feel lonely or scared.
Staff also bring in food to help feed the six-year-old and have provided her with changes in clothing.
She uses the facilities at the bath house to wash and keep herself clean.
Siyao’s story was also published in the local media with an appeal for her grandfather to come forward to collect her.]]However, he has failed to turn up meaning the girl still remains in the care of the staff, even though social services have been urged to intervene.
Bath houses are popular in Chinese cities and are used by residents who don’t have central heating or running water at home.
At the centres people can take a bath, get clean, relax and enjoy a foot or body massage.
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