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Man detained for "harassing" offense at Pudong airport
From:Shine  |  2018-02-11 20:29

A man has been detained for“harassing” passengers as he begs money at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai police said on Sunday.

The man, surnamed Wang, was detained on February 5 near the check-in counters of Zone H on the departure level of Terminal 1 when begging and “harassing” passengers as police cited the offense of “disturbing the order of public places.”

On February 2, a man reported to airport police via social media Weibo that he saw a group of beggars outside the arrival gate of Terminal 2 stopping passengers to beg money. The beggars also distributed leaflets in both Chinese and English.

Airport police said such beggars usually appear at the most crowded places of the airport, including check-in counters. The beggars would even show their QR codes for people to scan to make payment through their WeChat or Alipay accounts once passengers tell the beggars they don’t have cash on hand.

Some beggars also try to take luggage for passengers and then ask pay for their unsolicited service, police said.

Airport law enforcers will stop and warn the beggars to leave as soon as they see them. They also can be detained for up to 10 days and fined up to 500 yuan (US$80) if they commit“harassing” offense , according to police.

Passengers are encouraged to report beggars to airport law enforcers.