Four foreigners have submitted a letter of apology after stirring up controversy last week by holding a dinner party in the middle of a Shanghai subway car.
The expats were photographed last Friday enjoying quite the feast aboard a Line 11 subway carriage, complete with a table, plates and glasses. The image later went viral on Chinese social media causing netizens to blast the foreigners’ bad manners and complain about double standards in China, arguing that if a group of locals were spotted pigging out on the subway, they would be “shamed to death.”
But the foreigners are now trying to make amends. Yesterday, they were summoned to a meeting with police and metro officials. There they handed over a letter of apology to Shanghai’s metro operator, explaining that they now “realized how their own behavior had disturbed order on public transportation,” according to a notice posted to the Shanghai Metro’s official Weibo account.
Meanwhile, police say that the foreigners will not face any punishment for their dinner party. While the Shanghai Metro discourages passengers from eating or drinking on trains, it’s not actually illegal and there are no specific penalties for those who do so. The expats could have been fined 50 yuan for blocking the movement of commuters on the train, but after checking the surveillance footage, police said that “the table was small, not as big as it looked in the photo (initially published on the Internet), and there were not many people in the carriage,” Shanghai Daily reports.
And so ends the short-lived Shanghai Metro Dining Club. Now we presume it’s time for foreigners to complain about double standards.
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