The internet is a lovely thing. Along with useful things like watching videos of cats play in cardboard boxes, it allows us the luxury of seeing just what people get up to when they’re sitting around bored at work.
For example, it could only be boredom that would drive one Guangdong police branch to post the following message on Weibo, addressed to criminals and escapees a few days before Mid-Autumn Festival:
Can you hold on when you face the round moon somewhere far away from home as the Mid-Autumn Festival calls you to reunite with your family?
Quickly call the 24 hour toll-free hotline 110 and turn yourself in by the end of this year, and you can realize your dream of family reunion and enjoy special discounts.
As most of you already know, 110 is the Chinese equivalent of 911 in the United States.
Attached to the Weibo post was a scan of a document entitled “Notice Regarding Encouragement of Suspects and Escapees To Turn Themselves In” which outlines the “special discounts” available to those with enough courage — lighter sentences for those who “call in” before the end of the year!!
Of course, though various internet fuddy-duddies accused the police of using an ad-like tone that was “insensitive” to the feelings of criminals, their families, and their victims, we still enjoyed it nonetheless. Keep at it, random Guangdong police station employees with too much time on your hands!