Toilet paper thieves strike again, 1500 rolls gone in just one week at Chengdu park: Shanghaiist

I’ll never understand what is going through people’s minds when they choose to take advantage of the five finger discount on toilet paper.

China is currently in the middle of a nationwide “toilet revolution” aimed at improving the quality and quantity of the country’s infamously abysmal public toilets, but so far that revolution isn’t going quite as smoothly as officials had hoped.

Source: Toilet paper thieves strike again, 1500 rolls gone in just one week at Chengdu park: Shanghaiist

One year on, Apple Pay finding little traction in the Middle Kingdom

Apple Pay has finally caught on in the US, but one year on in China and it is still struggling.

Source: One year on, Apple Pay finding little traction in the Middle Kingdom

I think one aspect that is not mentioned in the article is that UnionPay insist that a PIN is entered when using Apple Pay (and in some circumstances a signature is required). This means that using Apple Pay is not really any different to using your debit or credit card.

The competition such as Alipay and Tenpay simply require the QR code to be scanned and the payment is immediate, a much better experience in my opinion.

It would not surprise me if this situation was intentional to ensure the business and profits stay in China.

Three Chinese passengers have been jailed this year for using their mobile phones during flight: Shanghaiist

I find this really interesting, and about time the rules were enforced. I don’t think I have taken a flight in recent memory where the somebody has not been using their phone during take off or landing. The only strange thing with rules in China is that they will not allow a mobile phone to be used in Airplane Mode, yet a cellular based iPad in Airplane Mode draws no attention.

It turns out that China was actually serious when it warned passengers against using phones on planes last year. Shockingly serious, in fact.

Source: Three Chinese passengers have been jailed this year for using their mobile phones during flight: Shanghaiist