The shame list
Running red lights, parking illegally, cutting lanes erratically, dashing across 4-lane roads, tossing garbage nonchalantly on the pavement–seems like any other day in good ol’ China, right? Wrong, not in Wuhan. The Wuhan government has had enough of its people behaving badly and starting last week, are regularly publishing a list of “uncivilized citizens” who break these rules.
The city of Wuhan has taken 40 offenders and publicized their names, age, license number (if applicable), and the uncivilized act’s time, place, resulting punishment and sometimes a photo too. Every week, they’ll be choosing another 40 names randomly by machine (10 for each kind of offense) via major local publications.
People on one side of the fence say that this is awesome and gelivable while others (and not without good point) criticize this name shame game for being a violation of rights. We’re going to stay mum on that one and let you be the judge but we will be looking out for next week’s list–think this will spread to other cities? It kind of reminds us of that bloody Beijing traffic show actually.
Anti-spitting campaign from the 1950s