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Spit on the street face fines

February 12 2007

Beijing authorities impose fines for spitting in the streets in order to "improve the behavior of citizens before the summer Olympics in 2008. Each slap will cost a resident of Beijing or a guest of the Chinese capital to 50 yuan.

"Fifty yuan - a very serious penalty for those who like to spit on the streets," - said a representative of the municipality of Beijing. At 50 yuan in Beijing, you can buy 16 tickets for the subway or 100 packages of napkins. In addition, this amount is equal to the average daily wage of the young residing in Beijing without a higher education.

Beijing also introduced the "day of queues", which will mark the 11 th of each month. On this day, residents of the city should "politely and carefully" to queue for public transport, and not push each other with their elbows and "take by storm, crowded buses. Beijing authorities are hoping that by such means they can change the behavior of citizens and not put up a front of thousands of foreign visitors, which should arrive in the Chinese capital in August 2008, reports Xinhua.

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