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China Cracks Down on Train-Seat Stealers

By Tang Ziyi / Jan 07, 2019 06:15 PM / Politics & Law

Authorities in China have punished hundreds of people in a recent campaign to crack down on train-seat stealers.

CCTV reported that 452 suspects were detained because each had occupied another passenger’s seat and refused to move when requested. In one, a woman was reportedly detained for five days after lying across three seats and refusing to get up.

The campaign follows several cases that went viral on Chinese social media recently. On social media site Weibo, the hashtag #高铁霸座女# — “high-speed rail woman hogs seat” — has been viewed more than 500 million times.

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