A while back the news said some Chinese cities had started using web cameras to shame citizens into better public behaviour. I have no idea if this is directly related or not, but today we discovered these signs on the side of our building:
“Warning: Up and to the side there’s a web cam. Your defecation behaviour will be uploaded to the internet and displayed!”
“Warning: Up behind there’s a web cam. Your defecation behaviour will be uploaded to the internet and displayed!”
And sure enough, two cameras have been installed:
We’ve seen signs before about cleaning up after your dog/self…
“Civilizedly lead your dog. Don’t bring your dog to in front of the window to take a dog poo.”
“Defecating is strictly prohibited”
… but this is the first time we’ve seen them threaten to put offenders’ pictures online!
And, for the record, I’ve never noticed any conspicuous amount of… evidence of bad behaviour on this side of our building. And our daughter wanders around back here several times a week. But apparently someone is fed up! Too bad they didn’t list the website.
You can see pictures and translation from the last major campaign to curb undesirable public behaviour here: Behaving yourself… with Tianjin characteristics.
(P.S. — Blue sky day!!!)