Saturday, March 24, 2007

Toilet Stop Challenges

The next time you're desperate and choose to urinate against a wall (seemingly acceptable behavior in Shanghai), try to pick a place that is free from current demolition activity.

It seems that on September 14, Chen Jiuliang became desperate. While urinating against the corner of a wall, the wall fell down. Part of the area was undergoing demolition at the time (this is Shanghai after all - it's either going up, coming down or scheduled to be renovated). Unfortunately for Mr Chen, the wall crushed and killed him.

The court case seems to hinge on whether Mr Chen was engaged in a reasonable activity - urinating against the wall - or an inappropriate activity - collecting scraps as suggested by the police report.

Well, either way, it's advisable to stay away from demolition sites.

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