Missing the bowl may cost US$16 in China
AFPBEIJING--People with a poor aim are to be fined if they miss their mark when using public toilets in a Chinese city, officials said — provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced.
August 21, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in Shenzhen, the southern boomtown neighboring Hong Kong, although draft regulations seen by AFP 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 (US$16) by authorities” from next month, a city government official told AFP on Tuesday.
Users of Chinese 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 by AFP on Tuesday.