Chinese City Display Photo Of Residents Who Refuse To Pay Their Debts On Posters And Billboards

The 'wall of shame' was established by the Fuyang Yingquan People's Court court in Anhui province in June as part of a move to guilt borrowers who have failed to pay off debts

A city in east China is naming and shaming stubborn debt defaulters by showing their faces and personal information on large billboards at public bus stops.
The ‘wall of shame’ was set up by the Fuyang Yingquan People’s Court in Anhui province in June as part of a move to guilt borrowers who have failed to pay off debts in legal cases.
The new tactic has proven to be effective so far – at least one offender had come forward and paid up, according to the court in a news release.
According to the spokesperson, the highest amount owed by one of the debtors is about 3.2 million yuan (£366,817) and the oldest offender is about 60 years old
The names, faces and personal details of 30 debtors, referred as ‘lao lais’ in China, were plastered in large, clear print on bright blue posters at bus stops across the city. The court will swap and update the posters with new names every month.
Once the defaulter has paid up, a large notice with the words ‘Payment Fulfilled’ would cover up the person’s details. 
‘Our first batch of offenders are more representative of the group – they include debtors that are either older or have owed a lot of money,’ a spokesperson from Fuyang Yingquan People’s Court told Beijing News.
According to the spokesperson, the highest amount owed by one of the debtors is about 3.2 million yuan (£366,817) and the oldest offender is about 60 years old. 
Additionally, names of the debtors will be displayed on billboards and posters near banks and community centres.
‘The court hopes this new strategy would intensify its crackdown on offenders. We hope to bring these debtors to justice,’ the spokesperson added.
The names, faces and personal details of 30 debtors, referred as 'lao lais' in China, were plastered in large, clear print on bright blue posters at bus stops across the city
Video footage of the ‘wall of shame’ in action shows curious residents talking among themselves and pointing at the large print along with the big pictures of the transgressors – which could very well be someone they know – or even themselves – as the court does not inform the debtors prior to the public shaming. 
‘In July 2013, the Supreme People’s Court stipulates that if a debtor refuses to pay up despite having the ability to, their privacy and reputation rights should be somewhat restricted or controlled,’ the spokesperson said.
According to the document, a person’s name, gender, age, personal identification numbers and details of his offences are all permitted to be displayed via public channels including newspapers, television, internet and billboards.
The Zhengzhou Intermediate People's Court started projecting debt defaulters' names and photographs onto a giant LED monitor at a public plaza in April
The Chinese authorities have been getting creative in making deadbeat borrowers fulfill their legal obligations – with public shaming being an increasingly common punishment.  
Official figures in April showed courts in China have publicly listed information on more than 10.5 million people who have failed to pay back loans, according to a previous report by South China Morning Post. 
Last month, the The People’s Court of Hejiang County in south-west China’s Sichuan province started playing a ‘trailer of shame’ in theaters as part of the preview. 
The names and faces of 26 debt defaulters were edited into a clip, which has been shown as part of the preview in more than 30 movie screenings per day at Chuanyuan Cinema. 
In April, the Zhengzhou Intermediate People’s Court started projecting debt defaulters’ names and photographs onto a giant LED monitor at a public plaza, ahead of the Labour Day public holiday.
Last month, the The People's Court of Hejiang County in south-west China's Sichuan province started playing a 'trailer of shame' in theaters as part of the preview
The names and faces of 26 debt defaulters were edited into a clip shown as part of the preview
Last August, the provinces of Hubei, Henan and Jiangsu worked with telecom operators to attach pre-recorded messages on the debtors’ phone numbers to pressure them to pay their fines, according to a previous China Daily report. 
When someone rings one of the debtors they would hear a message telling them that the person they are calling has been put on a blacklist by the courts for failing to repay debts. 
Once on the blacklist, debtors in China are banned from purchasing seats that are business class or above during travels, according to the Supreme Court.
They are also forbidden to purchase real estate, send his or her children to private schools, or buy expensive insurance products.

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