Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

June 8, 2010 -

Fourteen patients from the Huai’an Internet Addiction Treatment Centre in China decided they had enough and tied an instructor to a bed in order to make their escape from the facility.

The group, which ranged in age from 15 to 22, grabbed a taxi to a nearby town, but their similar garb, and lack of funds, raised the suspicion of their driver, who took them directly to a police station. All the escapees were then quickly returned to the treatment center, according to a story on the Telegraph.

One escapee’s mom broke down in tears at the police station, recounting a story in which her son played online games for 28 hours straight.

The facility makes its charges go to bed at 9:30 PM and requires them to partake in two hours of physical activity per day, as well as take mandatory courses in calligraphy and Chinese philosophy.

China’s internet addiction centers made news late last year after a 16-year old was beaten to death by camp instructors for failing to run fast enough.


|Via GamePron|


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Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

"The facility makes its charges go to bed at 9:30 PM and requires them to partake in two hours of physical activity per day, as well as take mandatory courses in calligraphy and Chinese philosophy."

"Physical Activity" being marching in unison and the courses in "chinese philosophy" being courses in "The Little Red Book".

 

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Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

All fourteen patients, ranging from 15-22 all grabbed "a taxi"?

Either they were really, really small, or that's the biggest cab on the planet.

Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

Either that or it was a clown car and clown having previously escaped from a clown addiction institute and posing as a taxi and taxi driver.

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Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

Whilst I don't necessarily agree with how these people are stuck into a rehabilitation centre unwillingly, you have to admit, if these people are playing video games for 24+ hours straight then something is incredibly wrong. That, of course, is if the truth hasn't been exaggerated (very likely it has been but I am still willing to bet these guys have problems).

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Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

Yes, something is deeply and incredibly wrong: these people must have very boring lives and are ruled by a government that is obsessed with controlling them.  When they try to escape to what they might deem a better world through games, where they can relax and communicate with others outside of China, they are shunned by their deeply traditional and government-downtrodden peers and are eventually shipped off, against their will, to a detention center under the guise of rehab.  Let's remember the incident where a detainee was beaten to death at one of these "rehab" centers by an instructor.  I'd wager my average salary that not all instructors are caring and understanding of these people's predicaments.

Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

Why do I get the feeling no one is there by choice....?

Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

Possibly the escape attempt that's on par to something from a WW2 Stalag prison camp? Just a theory.

Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

I couldn't help thinking of this after reading the article XD

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2152789/614_image_02.jpg

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Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

So, in China, having a bad parent is punishable by Prison?

Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

In China, EVERYTHING is punishable by prison.

Re: Not Quite the Great Escape for Chinese Internet Addicts

In Communist China...Game Plays You!

 
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