Not Betteridge’s but….

Japan: Father ‘ very sorry’ as son found after week’s disappearance
CNN International – ‎20 hours ago‎
Tokyo (CNN) A missing 7-year-old boy, who was left on a mountain roadside by his parents for misbehaving, was found unharmed after searchers spent nearly a week combing dense forest on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, officials said Friday.

Still not quite right as a headline, is it?

7 thoughts on “Not Betteridge’s but….”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    I bet he would be more sorry if bits of his son had been found. Coated in bear sh!t.

    I bet a lot of parents have threatened to do this. I am amazed someone actually did.

  2. “Very sorry” works. There’s lots of shame and humiliation attached to that. I hope the son forgives them

    There are bears around, but in 10 years here I’ve never seen one (I live in the country/north, not Tokyo). It’s early summer and all the bears will be up in the mountains doing whatever they do in the woods. The tricky time is late autumn when they raid people’s gardens to load up on fruit and veg. The standard pattern of attack is some wrinkly living on the edge of the mountain/forest goes out to harvest vegetables at 05:30. Two animals get surprised. It usually ends badly for one.

    One of my wife’s ex-workers used to live at the forest gate. Bear prints in the garden were common. No power on earth would have taken her out a dawn. Sensible lady.

  3. “Does “velly solly” work any better?”

    No it doesn’t. On your way out, don’t forget to let the door hit you on the arse. Cunt.

  4. Are the parents likely to be charged with neglect? Or is the ritual ‘Sorry’ enough ?

  5. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I honestly didn’t expect this to end the way it did. Never mind bears. The likelihood of a seven year-old surviving multiple nights in the open pretty much anywhere is not high. Unless the parents are genuine psychos (and they don’t appear to be) they’re both going to sit bolt upright at three in the morning, screaming, for many years to come.

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