Friday, August 31, 2012

Who would have predicted this? (hint - everyone)

Shaoyang
I had never heard of Shaoyang, China.  It is one of the many many giant cities in China that we don't hear about.  Shaoyang has a population of about 7.6 million people.
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And they have some real quality of life problems like many big cities world-wide; too much air pollution, to many cars, rude drivers, illegal shops, etc.  AND, Shaoyang doesn't have the funds to keep up with needed infrastructure changes.
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But Shaoyang devised a simple solution.
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The deputized thousands of "Neighborhood Watch Committees" (quoting from the article, "the omnipresent retired army of people" who used to check for 1 child families and distribute Party Policy) to write tickets for traffic and commercial misdemeanors.  AND, the ticket writer gets 80% of the fine.
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What happened?  They have gone crazy.  Apparently at stop signs they descend on motorcycles and cars.  No helmet - 100 Yuan.  Not caring your license 600 Yuan.  No insurance 1000 Yuan.  Motorcycles now have to dodge retired people with their ticket books and red arm bands.
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Who would have guessed?  Cranky old people who get to scold AND make money.  Hell, where do I sign up?
Party HQ - where you try to sign up!

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