At around 4 pm on July 1, a man from New Zealand threw a five-year-old girl into the pool at the Cromwn Plaza hotel in Jinan. The girl was scared and cried, which made the girl’s parents angry. Fortunately the girl was not injured.
“The foreigner lift my 5-year-old granddaughter from the water without any reason, then thrown her back into the water.” In Crowne Plaza Hotel, the grandmother of five-year-old girl Dongdong (not her real name) indignantly told the reporters, they were swimming in the pool of the hotel recreation center at that time.
Dongdong’s grandmother said, at around 4 pm on July 1, when she was putting swimsuit onto her other granddaughter, Dongdong was playing in the pool, “All of a sudden, a foreign man lifted 5-year-old Dongdong up high above the water then thrown her out. Thanks to a Chinese man who caught Dongdong on the water. Hasty was not injured, but she was scared for a long time before she recovered.”
According to the description by Dongdong’s grandmother, after that, Dongdong’s mother had a dispute with the foreign man. The foreigner shook his fist, wanted to flight but with no action.
“He also pointed and cursed at us. I told him here is China, we would not stand any nonsense from foreigners” Dongodng’s grandmother said with indignation.
Dongodng’s grandmother told reporters that there weren’t any security personnel and any keepers in the pool at that time. However the staff of Crown Plaza Jinan, Ms. Cheng told reporters,” after the incident security personnel came. They were renewing swimming supplies when it happened, so it was not their fault. “Ms. Cheng also told reporters:” We will wait for the result from the authority of course, we will never push away our responsibility.”
Afterwards, the reporter saw an over 50-year-old foreign man taken away by the police for questioning.
At 18:30, the police told reporters, “After our interrogation, there might have been some misunderstanding between the foreign man and the girl’s parents in communication.
The foreigner said the little girl bumped into him while swimming, he felt no adults were looking after her so he just threw her away. However the parents thought it was wrong to get angry at a little child. Now the foreign man admitted he was wrong, he also is willing to apologize and compensate for some loss. We will help them to agree on a settlement. ”
According to investigation, the foreign man works as an English teacher at a training institute in Jinan city.
On July 2 morning, Jinan Public Security official Weibo made the following announcement, “After police investigation, the foreign man named Phillips, from new Zealand is now teaching at Shandong University of Finance. After police’s mediation, the foreigner apologized and paid compensation, both parties have reached a settlement.”
The incident caused uproar on the Internet, this foreign man was unanimously criticized by the netizens.