- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Chinese father fed up with his son’s unemployed ways — which he blamed on his daily feed of video games — hired a virtual “hit man” to knock off the 23-year-old and hopefully give him the motivation to get off the couch and seek a job.

The man, named only as Mr. Feng, lives with his son, Xiao Feng, in central China and reached out to an online high-level player to kill his son’s character every time his name surfaces in the game online, the Daily Mail reported.

He told the Sanging Daily that his son started playing video games in high school and has since faced difficulty holding down a job.

The younger Mr. Feng learned of the plot when he started getting targeted while playing and asked why, the Daily Mail said.

But the plot didn’t work. The 23-year-old told his father: “I can play or I can not play, it doesn’t bother me. I’m not looking for any job — I want to take some time to find one that suits me,” the Daily Mail reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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