Personal information and pictures of individuals with poor credit records are now being publicly displayed on electronic screens at Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, the Jiefang Daily reported. The measure was launched in July by Shanghai Railway Transportation Court.
According to a spokesperson from the court, when individuals violate traffic laws and face a certain amount of penalty, some of them simply escape by changing their phone number or address, which prevents authorities from contacting or finding them.
"We found that many are migrant workers, so we came up with the idea of exposing them at railway stations, where they are very likely to pass through," the spokesperson said. "Each individual's info will be displayed for seven consecutive days."
Some individuals whose photos already appeared on the billboards have gone to court to comply with their debts. A man surnamed Ji, who travels a lot, said when he saw his personal info exposed on the screens he felt extremely shameful, so he immediately went to court to pay his penalty.