By Sharon Kwok.
Still in its first week of operation, the Beijing-Guangzhou High-speed Railway is already plagued by scandal.
On the day the new line opened, CCTV made a live broadcast of train G801 pulling over at Wuhan Station and its driver coming off duty. A number of passengers were spotted holding and drawing on cigarettes while leaving the train. One of them had an employee card around his neck.
The video clip and a couple of its screen captures were circulated online, with more than 5,000 reposts on Weibo alone.
It is common knowledge that smoking is not allowed on trains. Netizens commented that trains are not lawless areas, and anyone breaking the law should be subjected to punishment. Some even alleged one of the passengers to be a government official.