A boy in Southwest China's Chongqing was ordered to earn money by collecting scrap during the seven-day National Day holiday, to repay 2,000 yuan (S$400) to his grandmother he used to buy equipment in a mobile game without permission.
The 9-year-old named Hanghang was found collecting cardboard at others' homes during the National Day holiday from Oct 1 to Oct 7, according to Kankanews.com, the online news platform of Shanghai Media Group.
The boy's mother said she ordered Hanghang to pick up waste for two weeks. She said the boy had bought equipment for his mobile game for 2,000 yuan without permission two weeks ago.
"I was so angry and wanted to punish him physically," she said, "but I thought that made no sense so I ordered him this as I wanted him to experience the hardship of making 2,000 yuan."
Hanghang will sell the waste he collected and said he will never make the same mistake again in the future.