Now even mahjong has come under the scrutiny of the government’s anti-extravagance campaign. The popular Chinese game, which has been played for centuries and may even have been invented by Confucius, was the recent target of a commentary in the People’s Daily. The article, published on Tuesday, blasted officials for ‘going to rural retreats to have fun,’ and playing ‘mahjong and poker,’ adding that these practices ‘must resolutely stop.’
According to the Shanghai Daily, some officials have also reacted to the war on extravagance by holding secret sauna parties and hiding alcohol in plastic bottles.
A taxi driver dragged a drunk man for 100 meters behind his taxi, in an attempt to avoid taking an unwanted ride. The driver, named Wu, thought the passenger, Song, had been drinking. Wu told Song he had been drinking, but Song grabbed hold of the car door. The driver was so desperate to get rid of his boozed-up passenger that he sped up and tried to drive away. After the incident, Song was left with brain injuries.
Wu was identified with the help of CCTV cameras and was found guilty of intentional injury. He offered to compensate Song more than 260,000 RMB and was given a three-year suspended jail sentence.
Shanghai’s new London taxis are proving useful for Shanghai’s disabled citizens. Priority is being given to wheelchair users, who account for around 10 percent of the taxis’ daily passengers. The new taxis are larger than standard Shanghai cabs, and are well-suited to accompanying the needs of wheelchair users. Despite the fact that the taxis cost 5 RMB more to flag down (starting fare is 19 RMB), drivers say they are earning less because of increased gas costs and a higher rental payable to the taxi company.
A British man with a short temper got into trouble in Henan province. The 20-year old was walking in Zhengzhou when two local women made comments about him wearing shorts in cold weather. The Brit then proved himself to have a very hot temper, and immediately began shouting at the two women. He then kicked the women down and stole a cellphone and 3,000 RMB from the two women. The police caught the man, but didn’t get an explanation on how the women’s remarks led to theft.