Eating, Drinking on Beijing Metro Now Impacts Social Credit

By Grigor Grigorian, May 22, 2019

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Say goodbye to the hordes of all-day strivers catching up on their morning baozi on the way to the office. 

The Beijing Municipal Commission for Transport just pulled the plug on eating and drinking on the subway, according to Xinhua. Additional bans include product promotions and occupying more than one seat (as in manspreading, to which we say: thank God). 

The commission also tightened control over some previous regulations that prohibit smoking (both real and e-cigarettes), foldable bikes, hoverboards, loud music, loitering, refusing security checks and, it seems, all the other stuff considered supremely annoying (though, surprisingly, public nail-clipping didn’t make the list). 

The draft rule was first introduced back in 2014 to much controversy, but has been finally implemented almost five years later. Subway workers will now be employing their sensory abilities to the fullest to identify offenders and fine them up to RMB500, in cases where commuters don’t agree to stop their ill-doings. From now on, the only people who can pull out their smelly viands on the subway scot-free are infants and those with special medical conditions. So, consider getting a baby as a front if giving up the daily subway snack is not an option for you. 

On a more serious note, all violations will affect offenders’ personal credit. Several such offenses could result in a total ban from public transportation and possibly purchasing plane or train tickets. One (and possibly the only) way to improve your credit is to volunteer at subway stations and gain back the trust of local law enforcement. 

But, in any case, it won’t hurt to be a bit cautious. We’re pretty sure you could find a better place to finish your sandwich than a stuffy subway cart anyway.

[Cover image via Benoit Colin (EMBARQ)/Flickr]

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