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He’ll Always Be Their Little 6,500

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From Times Wire Reports

A father has agreed to change his son’s name from Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred -- the amount he was forced to pay in local currency for ignoring Vietnam’s two-child policy.

Mai Xuan Can named his son Mai Phat Sau Nghin Ruoi in 1987 for the amount he was forced to pay -- 6,500 dong, said local official Nguyen Huy Thuong.

In 1999, local government officials tried, to no avail, to persuade Can to change the name because classmates constantly teased the boy. They appealed again recently, and it worked. The son is now Mai Hoang Long, or Golden Dragon.

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