Photo from Eastday
The problem of people pretending to be disabled and abusing the faster queues has gotten so bad that some pavilions have shut down their “green lines” altogether. The Saudi Arabian, Swiss and Thailand Pavilions have all done away with the lines indefinitely thanks to not just fake handicapped, but the crowds of people who try to muscle their ways in with the fake handicapped.
Other pavilions, like the Taipei and German ones, have set stricter rules on people trying to get in, such as showing identity cards (to determine you’re over 70) or disability certification and reserving “green line” tickets in advance. But they’ve then had to deal with Chinese who, when they can’t make the grade, try to fight their way in anyway.
Says Shanghai Daily:
“Too many people used the green channel by force,” said a Sweden Pavilion employee.
He said nine healthy people forced their way through the green channel after claiming they had to accompany a senior in a wheelchair.
The pavilion had stipulated that at most two family members could accompany someone in a wheelchair.
Shanghai Daily has seen quarrels between pavilion workers and those intending to force their way through fast-access channels. Visitors normally need to wait for about one hour to enter Taipei Pavilion.
Ugh. It was bad enough when it was just people being sneaky, but getting physical with staff when you’re clearly in the wrong? Way to keep it classy, Expo tourists.