Shenzhen authorities have rolled out a system of fines aimed to curb ‘uncouth use of a public toilet,’ which could result in a 100 yuan charge for men with shoddy aim. Officials have not elaborated on how such a system will be enforced, but we can hope for seat-side cameras and a urine-specialized chengguan.
The new legislation hasn’t gone over well with the folks on Weibo, who apparently want to cling to their Desperado-style pee flinging ways of the past, as South China Morning Post reports:
Users of China’s weibo social networks poured scorn on the measures, raising the prospect of hordes of toilet inspectors being deployed to inspect performance.
“A number of new civil servant positions will be created. There will be a supervisor behind every urinating person to see whether the pee is straight,” wrote one poster.
Another added: “Very good measures. I expect they can create 20 jobs on average for every public toilet.”
Officials with the department responsible for details of the rules could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.
The measures have also provoked more considered debate, with one user arguing: “It’s better to have no rule than a rule that cannot be implemented.”
A few weeks ago, we wrote that Shenzhen had been ranked as one of the world’s least friendly cities. We were so wrong: nothing screams “friendly” and “inviting” like nitpicking legislation about how one goes to the bathroom.
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