Video Credit: AsiaWire
This is the moment – seen over seven million times in less than 24 hours – a university security guard thwarts a young man’s love confession by kicking away his candle display.
Footage of the incident at Guilin University of Technology in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was posted online on 15th October.
The viral video has attracted thousands of comments both for and against the guard’s actions, while witnesses are left gasping at his action which the university says was done for the sake of public safety.
According to reports, the young man, who was not a student at the university, attempted to profess his feelings to his love interest by lighting candles and placing them on the ground in front of her dormitory building.
The candle arrangement formed the words ‘I [love] U’ and drew large crowds of students who came to watch what they believed would be a touching moment.
But uniformed campus security guards caught wind of the incident and arrived to snuff out the romance.
The video, reportedly filmed on 13th October, shows one of them kicking the candles away without hesitation, leaving students gasping in shock.
A spokesman for campus security told local media: “The school is very sensitive to fire. We put out the candles out of concern for public safety.
“And it wasn’t just one or two – there were lots of candles.
“There are many ways to profess one’s love. You could, for example, give some flowers.”
Social media user ‘Woshi Zhaidashen’ asked: “Isn’t kicking them like that more likely to start a fire?”
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