The Shanghai government’s campaign to stop jaywalking has given the bureaucrats a very creative idea. After putting a young woman in jail for 10 days because of jaywalking (she first got a fine, and got a bit violent after that, so ended up in the slammer), undercover police have now started to take pictures of jaywalkers.
The creative part is that these pictures are not used as evidence to fine these people, but that they are put up in the office buildings where these people work. And, as the Shanghai Daily explains, also foreigners are at risk to be publicly exposed as lawbreakers. The first picture of ‘two foreigners wearing a blue and a red t-shirt’ is already on display in their office, to ‘enhance education’. I suspect that some of the expat foreigners that I know will set up a competition soon on who will be the first person to have its picture on the office wall!
I hope the undercovers have enough film or digital storage available on their cameras. Sometimes it seems there are more jaywalkers than people who wait for a red light, so they can keep on taking pictures!