Littering is not cool and toddlers are getting a better hang of it more than the adults. A one-year-old Chinese toddler saw a motorist littering the road with a plastic bottle and the little one picked up the bottle thrown on the pavement by the driver and handed it back to him through the car window teaching him a valuable lesson about cleanliness.
According to the mother, It is likely that the boy had thought the driver had dropped the bottle and was, therefore, handing it back as his way of helping.
Web users have flocked to praise the child and urge adults to learn from him after a video of his act went viral on a Chinese video app.
The toddler, named Sun Jiarui, lives in the city of Jining in eastern China’s Shandong Province.
The event was captured by Jiarui’s mother as the pair walked in their residential complex on Monday
The parent, named Jing Lulu, has the habit of filming her son learning to walk whenever they go out. The 34-year-old woman recorded the incident by chance.
Jiarui is a polite and curious child and always respects the elderly, according to Ms. Jing.
‘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,’ Ms. Jing added.
The footage of the boy’s behavior has become trending on short-video platform Douyin, with people swarming to give kudos to the little boy.
One person commented: ‘Moral fortitude has nothing to do with the age.’
Another viewer wrote: ‘The baby is too cute and the driver should feel ashamed.’
Jiarui’s mother said after the boy returned the bottle, he ran back to her and the motorist wound up the window without saying anything.