by JAMES S. KIM
Children do the cutest things. They also sometimes have the worst timing.
A Chinese man is stuck in South Korea after his 4-year-old son made the passport his canvas. Unfortunately for the father, the markings rendered his passport unrecognizable, and authorities apparently told him it is unlikely he will be able to travel home.
The drawing crudely and charmingly depict stick-figure animals and people, while the photographs of his father now include extra whiskers and thicker lips.
The father, identified only as Mr. Zhang, had originally posted the photo on Chinese social network site Weibo, asking for help, according to the Telegraph.
“It is so depressing,” he wrote of his “naughty” child’s masterpiece. “What am I supposed to do now I cannot go back to China? Solutions? Help???”
As with everything on the internet, though, the story may be too good to be true. According to a few sharp-eyed individuals, the picture looks like a Photoshop or even a MS Paint job, and they present some condemning evidence.
Kotaku pointed out several points that don’t add up. Among them: no smearing or proper depth perception of the ink, and the passport’s most important bits of information were coincidentally doodled over or crossed out. Of course, the father could have further defaced his passport after his son drew on it so that he could upload it to Weibo.
Image via Kotaku