The proposed metro food and drink ban that’ll supposedly fine violators has, surprise, been met with protest. Here are some responses:
Said one delegate from the Shanghai People’s Congress,”What’s the definition of food? Will having a piece of chocolate or candy affect the environment or other passengers? How about the law’s implementation? During peak hours, the priority should be to guarantee the safety of subway operations.”
No, having a small candy bar will not affect the environment or other passengers but zongzi being scarfed noisily while rice spatters the floor, the offensive smell of fried chicken grease, or durian (yes I saw a lady eating one for ten stops straight), will. Why not let people piss on the train as well (oh wait), because c’mon, the priority is guaranteeing the safety of subway operations, not consideration or comfort or anything.
Professor Gu Jun , a sociologist from Shanghai University, said:
“If you think the food smell is bad, you should also ban people from using perfume,” he told the South China Morning Post. “I want to ask the lawmakers: ‘What’s the goal of banning food on the subway?’ Hong Kong bans it, so we in Shanghai should follow? I don’t think so.”
So any law that happens be implemented by Hong Kong, rational or not, we should just ignore, cause you know, screw those elitist island dissidents. We’d never ever copy them.
And these aren’t just the ramblings of laowai out of water, but many Shanghaiers are fed up with people eating on the metro. Naturally the logistics of enforcing such a ban are tricky and yes, certain foods are more offensive than others. However, agree or not with the ban, many of these counter-arguments seem to perpetuate the same “not my business” attitude that allows people to stand by passively when others are in need, or turn a blind eye to trainers smoking in the gym bathroom next to the no-smoking sign despite the “smoking ban.”
Though if and when the ban starts we can def expect to see a spate of food fights between perpetrators and whistle-blowers.