When a university in Heilongjiang introduced a new rule banning food delivery vehicles from entering campus, vendors decided that instead of trying to go around the regulation they’d just go right over it, via the campus wall.
Even with its gates and vigilant security guards, the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine is surrounded by just a three-meter-high wall, not imposing enough to keep delivery dumplings out of the hands of students. Campus officials could only watch helplessly as vendors perched on top handing out orders to hungry students.
There’s a Chinese saying for this kind of thing: “When a rule is imposed from up high, there is a way to get around it below.”
The propaganda department for the university said that the ban is in the interest of student safety, protecting them from maniac scooter delivery guys as well as dangerously unhealthy delivery food. Instead, students are encouraged to enjoy the fine dining at the campus cafeteria.
Last year a school in Xi’an prevented its students from going off-campus to celebrate Christmas. Later, they said their decision was justified after 36 people died in a stampede on the Bund on New Year’s Eve. We’ll see what national tragedy this university uses to justify its decision.
by Alex Linder
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