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Why spending a penny could cost 100 yuan in Shenzhen

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 August, 2013, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, 8:41am

People with a poor aim are to be fined if they miss their mark when using public toilets in Shenzhen, officials said – provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced.

The penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in Shenzhen, although draft regulations did not specify a minimum quantity of spillage required to be classed as a violation.

“Such uncouth use of a public toilet will be fined 100 yuan (HK$126) by authorities” from next month, a city government official said on Tuesday.

Users of China’s weibo social networks poured scorn on the measures, raising the prospect of hordes of toilet inspectors being deployed to inspect performance.

“A number of new civil servant positions will be created. There will be a supervisor behind every urinating person to see whether the pee is straight,” wrote one poster.

Another added: “Very good measures. I expect they can create 20 jobs on average for every public toilet.”

Officials with the department responsible for details of the rules could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

The measures have also provoked more considered debate, with one user arguing: “It’s better to have no rule than a rule that cannot be implemented.”

The Beijing Times carried a commentary calling into question the necessity of making a law on something that “can be simply guided by social consensus”.

“The law should maintain the most basic restraint about the people’s private life,” wrote Shu Li, a legal worker.

Chinese toilet discipline can be notoriously wayward, with pictures of people defecating in public sometimes appearing on weibo.


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Good, the PLA can start headhunting their next generation of sharp-shooters and snipers among the Shenzhen population.
i worked in a place the sign said if the pressure is low or the hose is short stand closer
Same problem in HK. No civic awareness whatsoever. How do you educate self-centred people to use a toilet cleanly and think of others who use the facility after them? Bring over 1,000 German Scheissfrauen and rub their noses in it?
I am an American living in Shenzhen for over 6 years and China for 16. This article is silly. Though Chinese men DO often not "pee in the urinal" as we westerners feel they should, it is because the smell of urine wofts upwards and into their noses thereby subconsciously requiring them to stand back and therefore miss the mark. Urinals should be redesigned with either a vacuum pump, (could be fun), to suck up the bad fumes, or lower on the floor. Either way, policing the loo won't work any better than policing the roads, as the Chinese do not generally have the same civic values as westerners. For more wonderful thoughts and opinions like these you can read my book, Tragic Kingdom found on Amazon and elsewhere. Thank you
shorter barrel, less accuracy
Sign in the toilet of a restaurant:
"We aim to please - You aim too, please!" :-)
International precident. A friend went to a German public restroom that had a Scheissfrau in charge. She came out of a stall and the large, rawboned Aryan pointed at a scrap of toilet paper on the floor. "You Pick That Up!",,,, " It's not mine." " I Said PICK THAT UP!"
And here I was thinking US liberals and RINOS came up with the worst 'ideas' for senseless laws..
Ok. Now what can be done about the constant luger spit.
Don't have to worry about China taking those jobs away from the US



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