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According to the Beijing government's policies, the German teen carried out an illegal act when he flew the drone in a banned area. Photo: VCG
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"I think it was an accident; the German teenager didn't mean to hurt the toddler," said Alica from Italy, who is currently a student in Beijing.
"But still, the German teenager and his family should offer to help the toddler."
Thomas, a mechanic from Germany, agrees with Alica that the German teen's family should share some of the responsibility.
"No matter where you are from, you should always respect the rules of the country you are currently living in," Thomas said. "You can't do whatever you feel like just because you don't know anybody and nobody knows you in a different country."
"In case the insurance doesn't cover the medical expenses the toddler needs, a small compensation would probably be necessary," he said.
Shaan, a basketball coach from the US, shares the same opinion. "If that incident were on me, I would definitely take responsibility for it," he said.
Many Chinese in Beijing share the same opinion with the foreigners.
"Whether the responsible person is a foreigner or not, as long as they hurt other people, they need to apologize and offer due compensation," said a resident surnamed Zhang who has a young child himself.
"For example, if your dog hurts someone, the owner will be held responsible for the dog's action and compensate the people who are hurt."
Li, a female university student in Beijing who majors in cultural industry management, concurs.
"The drone was operated by someone, so the person who was operating the drone should be held responsible," she said. "Whether it involves drones doesn't matter. If you hurt someone, you should compensate them."
Cui Guoqing, another college student in Beijing, said the parents should be held more accountable because "a kid might not realize what he did was wrong."
"It's wrong for the parents to just take the kid and flee the scene, and not say or do anything to make up for it," Cui said.