China’s railway police have been working in overdrive since announcing a crackdown on ticket scalpers starting July 1st. The railway ministry was formerly ranked ‘corrupt-even-by-Chinese-standards,’ but it may be getting its act together; in the month of this anti-scalping campaign, police have confiscated more than 900,000 yuan worth of tickets.
The Global Times has been filing countless “look, our police are doing their jobs,” stories lately, and this is one more in the pile. They report:
Police have cracked 157 ticket scalping cases and uncovered 11 dens involved in speculative reselling of train tickets as of August 2, according to a ministry statement. […]
Security at ticket booths and railway station ticket offices has been beefed up since July 1, according to the ministry.
Police usually launch crackdown campaigns against ticket scalpers during major festivals, during which millions of Chinese people use trains to travel or go home.
Cracking down on scalpers is good and all, but there will be hell to pay if the Ministry of Transportation ticketing website crashes again and travelers have no alternative, however shady it may be.
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