In a video that recently surfaced online, 21 people can be spotted fare dodging at a busy Shanghai subway station in just 90 seconds. It’s rather easy: all they have to do is duck under the turnstiles.
Count them: this video captures 21 people ducking under the turnstiles in just a minute and a half at Shanghai’s Longyang station.
The video has gained lots of attention on Chinese social networking sites, as fare-dodging is a major problem in Shanghai. According to the Global Times
, the company that runs the subway system estimates that it loses 11,000 yuan (about 1,315 euros) to fare-dodgers every day. Last year, they caught more than 202,000 fare dodgers, issuing them fines totalling more than 476,000 yuan (about 56,930 euros) – but not enough to dissuade the practice.
The video prompted the company to send 40 employees into the subway dressed as passengers on Tuesday. According to the Shanghaiist
, they caught 128 fare-dodgers and 42 young people using senior passes in just an hour and a half.