Friday 26 December 2014

Chinese passport doodle story 'is a fake'

Was reported that a man was stuck in South Korea after son drew on passport.

Published 07/06/2014 | 09:35

The photo used as evidence of the passport doodling story

THE viral story of a Chinese man who reportedly got stuck in South Korea after his son (4) doodled all over his passport picture has been confirmed as a fake.

It was widely reported that the child drew people, animals, and a beard - all in black pen - on the passport, and it resulted in his father being stuck after border officials were left unimpressed.


But the Wall Street Journal contacted the Chinese Embassy in Seoul which confirmed there were no cases of that happening in South Korea.


"An official at the Chinese Embassy in Seoul told Korea Real Time the photo was a hoax and the South Korean immigration service hadn’t prevented anyone traveling because of child’s play on official travel documents," the Journal reported.


Other agencies have pointed to a number of signs that the story was fake - including the suggestion that the picture posted as verification - of the doodled passport - highlighted that the drawings were probably too good for a four-year-old. 

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