In the Local Media: June 2013

Black Market Careers Since new traffic penalties attached a point system to drivers’ licenses last January, a new profession of buying points from clean record holders and selling them to offset drivers with infractions has thrived on the black market. To deter this behavior, starting May 2 the Ministry of Public Security stipulated that one license can cover a maximum of three cars, and violations in one vehicle can only be applied to three licenses. Violators’ licenses or cars will be placed on a blacklist. Unclear are the consequences and how violators will be eliminated from blacklist. More

More Green OnMay 6,a proposal for applying to be a national forest city was approved. According to the plan, the forest coverage rate should reach to 37 percent by 2015 to meet national standards. Four new parks, located in Changping, Xiegang, Humen and Dalingshan, have been planned. It also calls for 20 parks and wetlands to be scattered around Dongguan by 2020. More

First Spitting Fine On May 7,a man from Shangdong Province was reported to traffic police for spitting out of his car window while driving on Zhuhai City’s Yuanlin Road. Soon after, police watched the surveillance video and located the perpetrator. In accordance with laws, he was fined RMB 100 and administered two points, counting as the first penalty for spitting while driving. Since last year, the city has over ten citations of littering garbage form car windows. More

Social Suicide A plot by two online commenters to commit suicide in a Houjie hotel by inhaling carbon monoxide from a charcoal burner was spitters Beware, this Fine’s for you discovered by a journalist and foiled with help from the police and social workers. The initial April 19 incident was followed quickly by another attempt on the April 21, which was again thwarted by the journalist and social workers, and further discussion discovered that the two were just looking for attention and fame on the net. More

Saved by Mobile Alert Soon after taking cash from an ATM, Mr. Gu in Shipai Town received three additional withdrawal messages on his phone totaling RMB 12,000, reminding him that he had left-behind his bank card. He ran back to the bank and caught the lady who was still using his card. After confronting her, the unlucky opportunist denied any wrongdoing. The cash, however, was finally returned to its proper owner who showed no mercy, calling the police and charging her with bank card fraud. More

Dangerous Ex-Boyfriend With a broken heart and a cracked mind, Hainan resident Mr. Fu, burned down the Wanjiang district home of his ex- girlfriend, Ms. Liu. The blaze sent Liu’s two brothers into comas and left them with burns on 99 and 97 percent of their bodies. After many unheeded threats, the May 16 fire was in retaliation to a break up of a three month relationship. Fu was also hurt in the incident while igniting the fire, burning 60 percent of his skin. More

Poisonous Rice On May 16,Guangzhou Food and Drug Administration released data from first quarter food inspections. Eight out of 18 tested rice and rice products were determined to have exceeded safety standard for cadmium levels. Under public pressure, names of failing brands were released— six of them from Hunan’s Zhuzhou and Hengyang cities, and two rice noodle manufacturers from Dongguan’s Daojiao Town, which used the rice from Hunan as raw materials. As early as February, ten thousand tons of excessive cadmium rice had reportedly gone into the Guangdong market. Next week, over 2,000 batches of rice from eight Guangdong cities were checked for cadmium content and 120 of them failed. For rice dealers, it is a known secret that Hunan rice is often second-rate with high contents of heavy metal and often sent to cafeterias and rice noodle factories. More

Gang Land A gang of 14 people infiltrated the staff of a restaurant in Guangzhou taking positions as manager, waiters and cashiers. Scamming customers’ bank card information and passwords with an elaborate scheme starting on the way to the counter with the bank cards, the waiters would steal the information with an electronic scanner and later memorize the passwords as they were entered into the debit machines. Then the information would be sent to a headquarters in western Guangdong, cloned and deducted. Just before their planned group resignation at the end of March, Guangzhou police raided the restaurant arresting 14 suspects and confiscating three card-reading machines. (Nanfang Daily)