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Chinese City To Fine People With Poor Toilet Aim

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A traditional toilet in China that requires users to squat all the way down A traditional toilet in China that requires users to squat all the way down

The Chinese city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, will start fining bathroom users who miss the mark.

The 100 Yuan ($16) penalty will apply to those who urinate outside the bowl. However, the draft regulation does not yet specify the minimum quantity of spillage required to be classed as a violation.

The regulations were designed to curb the "uncouth use of a public toilet", a city government official told the AFP news agency.

Chinese social media users on sites like Weibo have been criticizing this new measure. One poster joked, "There will be a supervisor behind every urinating person to see whether the pee is straight."

Another poster sarcastically joked, "I expect they can create 20 jobs on average for every public toilet."

Chinese public toilets have the notorious reputation, whether deserved or not, of being dirty. Through the modernization and industrialization that has taken place in the country since the opening up of the Chinese economy beginning in the 1980s, the public toilets have gone through a facelift too.

Many public toilets in major Chinese cities are indistinguishable from their Western counterparts, but a tour of smaller towns will see some uniquely Chinese elements. For example, some public toilets have a migrant worker on staff who's job all day is to stand in the bathroom and wipe away the missed urination with a mop and bucket. Other Chinese public toilets bowls still have the squat type contraction, which many Westerners and young Chinese people are not used to using because they lack the muscles and flexibility.

Traditional Chinese culture also has different conceptions of privacy. A Westerner might be shocked to visit certain Chinese public toilets that don't even have doors in their stalls. A major mission of the Chinese government in the 1990s was to stop people from urinating and defecating in public because it made Westerners uncomfortable.

The new law in Shenzhen will go into effect next month in the Southern city.

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