Images of two passengers snacking on sunflower seeds and spitting the shells on the floor while riding on the Shenyang Metro have been circulated on the Chinese Internet, with thousands of netizens coming out to condemn the uncivilized behavior.
Apparently, the human flesh search engine that is Weibo has taken the day off, as currently nothing is known about the young man and young woman spotted ravenously gobbling down the seeds, seemingly unaware of their surroundings.
Unsurprisingly, the duo’s behavior has invited a wave of harsh criticism online.
One netizen from Henan wrote, “May people who snack on seeds or suck on sugar cane often just randomly throw them away. I view these people in the same way as the trash they carelessly cast aside.”
“NetEase needs to shame them instead of masking their faces,” wrote a user from Guangzhou.
“Shame on them! I could understand if they were over 60 years old. But they are both in their twenties. It isn’t their first day in the city, is it? Low quality people!” another echoed.
“I have an idea for how to punish them. They can either work at the metro for one week or they should never take a step on the metro again. They can choose one. When someone gets caught doing that, they need to be punished. Condemning does no good at all,” a Beijing netizen remarked.
Alternatively, Shenyang Metro officials could punish the pair by making them munch on 50kg of seeds, like one Hunan teacher did with his snack-happy students.
Of course, had this happened on the Shanghai Metro, we would already have their hukou number and everything. Earlier this year, a woman was shamed for snacking on chicken feet in the subway and spitting them on the floor. Though, apparently she didn’t learn her lesson because she was spotted slurping smelly soup on the metro just a month later.
Netizens also used their special powers last year to track down information about a viral video star who went on a profanity-laced rant after fellow commuters called him out for spitting on the Shanghai Metro.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]