Remember the above? The picture appeared on Sina Weibo in March, with the accompanying message:
A group of laowai collectively pee on a Shanghai overpass, while smirking! Can only say __ doesn’t have national boundaries! Please fill in the blank!
The incident was investigated, with police eventually saying no punishment would come to the foreigners due to a lack of relevant laws.
Well, it turns out that’s not completely true. As reported by Shanghai Daily, two of the six foreigners pictured above have been fined — a whopping total of 100 yuan each. The ruling was historic:
It was the first time that foreigners were punished for urinating in public. Local rules state that urinating and defecating in public will incur fines of 100 and 200 yuan respectively.
Netizens aren’t amused.
“Finally I see punishment, but only 100 yuan for peeing on the elevated highway while parking in the wrong place costs 200?” questioned a Weibo user “bhzlittle.”
“They should be punished to clean the city’s elevated highways,” complained another.
Four of the six foreigners apparently have already left the country. They escaped the 100-rmb fine, equivalent to about one and a half cocktails in a posh bar.
The two who were caught were a Dane and a German.
Two of the six foreigners who were caught pissing openly on an elevated highway indowntown Shanghai in March had been identified by authorities and fined 100 yuaneach, officials said today.
Interesting style guide they have over there. Update, 2:37 pm: Or maybe Shanghai Daily edited out “pissing” on the sly. There will be no further updates on this.
Netizens slam 100-yuan fine to 2 foreigners for peeing on road (Shanghai Daily)