Good luck cutting into that steak: supermarkets in Beijing have been barred from selling knives following two stabbing rampages in the nation’s capital. Police have already confiscated more than 1,100 knives, and have become the object of ridicule by netizens who think it’s ridiculous that two people’s rampages can ruin knife privileges for the other 20 million residents of the city.
South China Morning Post covered both the ban and the snarky internet blowback:
“I can understand the police departments’ concerns,” social commentator Yao Bo wrote in a Sina Weibo post. “But what if someone goes into a supermarket and kills someone with a Durian?”
Around January, shops received orders to require customers to register with their real names if they bought knives, customers noted online. Netizens have ridiculed the move as ineffectual.[…]
Knives were last banned in the capital during the 60-year anniversary celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 2009, according to a Beijing News investigation. Police had denied the report at the time.
If the Beijing police actually take this knife ban seriously, the city’s residents will see their menus reduced to soups or giant chunks of uncut meat (potentially rat, but at least not touched by a knife).
[Image via Shaw.ca]