New ‘World’s Worst Parents’ Sell Their Kids to Fund Video Game Addiction By Austin Johansen Thursday, July 28, 2011 And you thought your Farmville addiction was a problem.
Video and online gaming is a very serious issue in China. According to studies from 2009 as reported by the NY Daily News, nearly 13% of Chinese college students are considered addicts. The country even offers treatment centers for those seeking rehabilitation. For sake of a horrific pre-weekend pun, these addictions are no game. In 2007, there were several reported cases of fatalities in China following days-long video game marathons ranging from 50-hours straight to an entire week. The monetary cost of online gaming addictions can reach into the tens of thousands, while the cost of an individual life is clearly irreplaceable and tragic. But a Chinese couple set a new precedent for the most disgusting lengths taken to feed an addiction. Li Lin and Li Juan of the Guangdong province of China fed their extreme compulsions to the tune of a $9,700 sum–acquired via the sale of their three children. You read it right, the couple who romantically met in the internet cafe that destroyed both their own lives and those of their children sold off their offspring to support an online gaming obsession; two sons each for $4,600 and a daughter for $500. The two parents were outed when a an unfortunate grandmother had to make the heartbreaking call to police.
Further expediting the pair’s express train to hell was the fact that they admitted they never intended to raise the children, but “knew that they were a good source of income to feed their addiction.” The only advantage this couple has over our last winner from Connecticut is that at least they never forced beer and cocaine on their children. Then again, Juliette Dunn might’ve been better off pawning her kids to a family that doesn’t dabble in childhood speedballing. What the hell am I saying—it would do humanity a tremendous service if people like this were located before they have a chance to procreate.
You read it right, the couple who romantically met in the internet cafe that destroyed both their own lives and those of their children sold...