The Chinese city of Guangzhou is considering issuing a penalty system for anti-social behaviour in government housing. The offences could include spitting in public, parking illegally or drying laundry on fences. Gather too many penalty points and you could be evicted.
China’s been on the case of anti-social behaviour for some time. Have a look at this 1950s campaign to stop spitting in public places. It certainly made me smile.
Earlier today our sister programme Newshour discussed this story. We’ve since been overwhelmed with emails from listeners sharing examples of anti-social behaviour that gets up their nose.
Jesse emails with some sympathy for the Chinese
“The most disgusting habit that I can think of is criminalizing natural processes such as spitting.”
Gerry got in touch from New York
“I take the subway to work every day and I find it incredibly rude when people have their headphones loud enough that I can hear their music 10 feet away; not everyone wants to listen to your Bee Gees album!”
For WHYS regular Donnamarie, there’s something a lot worse than spitting.
“The Swiss don’t spit, but in certain parts of the country whole rooms full of people are apt to break out yodeling at any time. The awful din will make me abandon my fondue and get out of earshot a lot faster than a spot of spitting.”
It might be not stamping out cigarettes, not picking up dog poop or eating smelly fast food on public transport (yes these are my top three pet peeves) – what anti-social behaviour bothers you? And would you like to see this kind of system in action where you live? Should bad manners be enough for you to lose your home?