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Off-mark toilet users face $16 fine

AFP-JIJI

People with a poor aim are to be fined if they miss their mark when using public toilets in a Chinese city, officials said — provoking online derision over how the rule will be enforced.

The penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl of facilities in Shenzhen, the southern boomtown neighboring Hong Kong, although draft rules did not specify a minimum quantity of spillage required to be classed as a violation.

“Such uncouth use of a public toilet will be fined 100 yuan ($16) by authorities” from next month, a city government official said Tuesday.

Users of China’s microblogs poured scorn on the measures, raising the prospect of hordes of toilet inspectors being deployed to inspect performance. “A number of new civil servant positions will be created. There will be a supervisor behind every urinating person to see whether the pee is straight,” wrote one poster.

Another added: “Very good measures. I expect they can create 20 jobs on average for every public toilet.”

The Beijing Times carried a commentary calling into question the necessity of making a law on something that “can be simply guided by social consensus.” Chinese toilet discipline can be notoriously wayward, with pictures of people defecating in public sometimes appearing online.