On Saturday, three foreigners were caught fare hopping with their bikes inside the Shanghai Metro. They all got off with a warning, following a rather nasty confrontation with subway staff.
Surveillance footage from around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning shows the three dudes artfully vaulting over the turnstiles at Longhua Road Station on Line 7, while also holding onto their bikes. They then started to make their way to the platform to await a train, but were quickly confronted by a metro worker asking them to leave.
The three tried to “ting bu dong” their way out of the situation, proceeding to the platform despite the worker’s protests. The worker then began trying to patiently argue with them in English, to which they responded by cursing out the poor worker in English, adding in some insulting gestures as well, according to The Paper reports.
Eventually, one fellow commuter couldn’t take any more of the abuse and lashed out at the three laowai in English, causing them to finally leave the station in peace.
One Shanghai Metro official told Shanghai Daily that the three foreigners would have been fined if they had actually boarded the subway train, instead they were let off with a warning.
The fine for fare dodgers in Shanghai is 84 yuan, equivalent to five times the maximum fare plus a replacement ticket. Meanwhile, while taking bikes on the subway is prohibited, there is no actual punishment for the offense. Apparently, cursing at employees is fine too.
This is perhaps the most outrageous laowai-related incident on the Shanghai Metro since a foreign woman was caught ducking under a turnstile at South Shaanxi Road Station in February and was fined the standard 84 yuan.
Rules are rules.