Enjoy your last bite of stinky tofu before you go through the turnstiles into the Shanghai Metro, authorities have turned up their sensitive noses and added this putrid morsel to the list of banned items in the Metro. More specifically, goods with strong smells are to be banned henceforth, which has left the public confused and uncertain as to how to follow this new rule.
“A lot of daily-use stuff can be smelly,” said Zhou Xinwei, a daily Metro rider. “The expression is much too vague.”
Having already banned bikes, skateboards and animals, the officials of Shentong responded to the public’s queries unfazed.
In response to passengers’ calls for a definition of a “smelly” item, officials of Shentong said “it’s impossible to list all the possible banned items in the rules.”
The operator said it would only restrict those goods of a size or with a smell that seriously disturb other passengers taking the trains.
So, what does this mean for metro frequenters? Well for starters tone down on the cologne or you could find yourself in an embarrassing spot, in addition to being late for work. You might also expect a bit of a sniff test as you enter and exit the subway, so keep your groceries nicely sealed. My eye’s on pole dancing and kamikaze filming as the next two things on their expanding blacklist.