It was a bizarre location for an even more bizarre court case to play out. During a hearing in China's rural Sichuan province on Sept. 30—held in a grassy field in front of 100 spectators so they could learn about the legal process—a 73-year-old woman demanded that her four children be forced to pay up for not taking care of her, reports the People's Daily. The unnamed woman asked that she be allowed to stay with her eldest son and his family and be given more than 65 pounds of rice each month, along with a monthly allowance of $15 from each of her children, whom she hoped would be required to visit her on special occasions, like her birthday.
Her children agreed to the monthly payment but couldn't decide how their mother's medical expenses would be paid or which sibling she should live with. A judge's decision is expected later this month. Similar cases have been heard in China before. In fact, Shanghai adopted a policy earlier this year allowing children who don't regularly call or visit their parents to be put on a "credit score blacklist," per the Huffington Post. Officials at the time compared those children to hit-and-run drivers. A spectator at this hearing claimed to have learned "that all children have a responsibility to support their elders, no matter if they inherited property from their parents." (Read more China stories.)