One university in Jilin is cracking down on what they see as uncivilized behavior in the cafeteria and they are focusing their administrative power on the scourge that is boyfriends and girlfriends flirtatiously spooning/chopsticking each other food.
On Wednesday, students at the Jilin University of Architecture were shocked — but mostly amused — when they saw their school’s new code of conduct posted online. The regulation was apparently strategically released ahead of Singles’ Day and cracks down on various public displays of affection in the cafeteria, from hand holding to cuddling to kissing.
However, the prohibition that has caught the most attention is the one that bans couples from feeding each other. You would think to include this, such behavior would have to be widespread, turns out not so much:
One student laughed off the prohibition saying that she has never seen that kind of behavior in the cafeteria before, calling the new rule superfluous.
It has been met with mockery and derision from most other students with some thinking at first that it had to be a hoax.
“I can accept this regulation and I will not make these mistakes,” one female student told reporters. “Also, I do not have a boyfriend.”
Another student sarcastically thanked school administrators for sparing single students some mental anguish for next week’s Single’s Day.
A local reporter stopped by the cafeteria and reported seeing some cuddling, but no spoon feeding. The reporter then talked to a cafeteria worker who also said he hadn’t really seen that type of thing either. When asked, a teacher explained that the new rule was a “preventative measure.”
Chinese college cafeterias continue to be such strange and wonderful places.