The Shanghai Daily reports that cabbies are going to get plastic bags in their cars so that they don’t have to spit outside.
While Shanghai residents have generally heeded the no-spitting plea in the interests of health and manners, many taxi drivers seem to have missed the message, and are continuing to spit out their windows.
A survey, conducted last year by Health Promotion Campaign officials, revealed the anomaly, authorities said yesterday. And the solution, they said, is in the bag.
We’re not quite sure that deserves to be called an “anomaly,” but hey, less spitting is good. This report (in Chinese) says that the bags are also for the passengers. Does that mean there will be one for the passenger and one for the cabbie? How long do you use one before disposing of it? We don’t want to be sharing phlegm bags with the cabbies, much less countless other passengers.
In Beijing the Olympics is the driving force behind the anti-spitting campaign. There you get fined, and if you don’t pay up it seems you are made to wipe up your phlegm, making sure not one drop of that yellowish gooky stuff remains on the ground. We don’t know how true that is. Beijingists? Want to let us know?
Image from Beijing Review.