On Saturday, a foreigner was caught trying to avoid paying the fare on the Shanghai Metro by jumping the gate, he was swiftly brought to justice by always alert metro security staff who fined the man 84 yuan for his crime.
The incident happened inside Changshou Station on Line 7 at around 8 p.m. Once they found out that the foreigner could speak Chinese, station officials explained to the man that “No matter what country you are from, while you are in China you must respect Chinese laws. You violated our metro regulations and must pay an 84 yuan fine.”
According to The Paper, the foreigner offered to simply go ahead and pay for a replacement ticket, but officials were having none of that. The man called a friend to help, who arrived in 15 minutes, but also didn’t understand why an 84 yuan fine was necessary.
Station officials then explained that the fine is the equivalent to five times the maximum fare on the Shanghai metro in addition to a replacement ticket.
After hearing the reasonable explanation, the foreigner paid up.
According to Shanghai Metro Management Department, this isn’t the first instance of foreign fare dodgers. In previous incidents, the violators have also been fined. Fare jumpers of all nationalities beware!
Last month, a group of foreigners caused quite the ruckus on a Shanghai metro carriage late one night, swinging on hand rails and kicking one another. No fines for them yet.
[Images via The Paper]