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More and more foreigners in China are picking up bad behavior from their Chinese hosts.|
Yesterday, a Brazilian student motorcyclist and his pillion rider were stopped by traffic police for riding a bike without a number plate. Instead of co-operating with the police, they rode off at high speed, with the policeman in hot pursuit, on foot. They got away, but not for long; they were caught by the police at the next checkpoint.
This kind of behavior is very common among Chnese traffic offenders, with policemen clinging on to their car bonnets or doors for dear life, while the drivers tried to shake them off. Often the policemen fell off and badly hurt themselves; some even died of injuries. The irony is that when these offenders were caught, they faced very mild penalties in relation to their offence. They spent a few days in a police cell, slapped with a fine of a few hundred yuan and chalked up a few demerit points. That's far too lenient for an offence of this nature, when lives and limps of the law enforcers are at risk. For whatever reasons, the police like to apply administrative penalties which are often too weak. Such offenders should be charged in court and let the court apply the full force of the law on them, like thousands of yuan in fines, thrown in jail for many years, and barred from driving for at least ten years!
Foreigners in China, seeing how lenient the police treat traffic offenders, are tempted to do as the Chinese do, ie drive off when stopped by the police, something they would not normally do in their own country!
It is hoped that foreigners don't pick up bad behavior while in China, for unlike the Chinese offenders, they face deportation and are barred from re-entry to China. Is it all worth it?