Well, it looks like the unthinkable has happened. Last Saturday night at the Century Avenue metro station, a security inspector roughed up a passenger for refusing to go through the security check. Witnesses recorded the mayhem and shared it online. As a result, the guard and his superiors were removed from their posts.
As it turns out, all those security inspectors who stand patiently next to the entrance gates, repeating robotic gestures and receiving all manner of resentment and abuse, have feelings after all!
We’ve always wondered whether these guys ever crack under a job description that seems to evolve around being ignored all day. Apparently, it happens more often than we would have guessed.
Railway police said early this year that 22 guards have been laid off for misdemeanors “ranging from sleeping on duty to beating up passengers.”
Further investigation revealed that the inspectors receive a monthly salary barely above the city’s required minimum monthly wage of 1,280RMB. They earn a 500RMB extra if they find something illegal in a passenger’s bag, and face cash penalties if they fail to carry out checks on 70 percent of the passengers.
What do you say? Should we give these guys a break and oblige to a security check every now and then?
By Esther Kang