Saturday, September 1, 2012

Chinese project to make lemonade from lemons

With millions of Chinese retiring poor and serious quality of life issues like littering, spitting in public and driving without helmets, the Chinese government has made an attempt to make lemonade out of these two lemons. According to a recent NY Times article, the government of Shaoyang has awarded the right to issue tickets to 1,000 of their retirees who get to keep 80% of the fines.

While there has been some success in this endeavor, some overzealous members of the neighborhood watch are taking things too far, ticketing one man for his car's nose protruding slightly over the line at a traffic light for instance.

Still, if it keeps people from being splashed by 'snot-rockets', I'm all for the vigilantes.

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