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A man who took a young woman's seat on a train and refused to return it was fined 200 yuan (29 dollars), China Railway Jinan Group said.
Jinan railway authorities said they will record Sun's information in the railway credit system. Sun is banned from buying train tickets and taking a train over a period of time.
The man, surnamed Sun, occupied a window seat assigned to another passenger on a train from Jinan to Beijing on Tuesday, a viral video showed. He refused to return the seat even when a train attendant tried to mediate. He was widely criticized online.
Sun apologized by uploading a video online on Wednesday. In the video he said, “What I did is against social morality and has harmed the woman and had a bad influence on society. I will not make such a mistake again.”
Jinan railway authorities said they will stick to “people-centered” development, and will take this as a warning to better safeguard public order in railways based on the law.
What is the railway credit system？
The China Railway Corporation launched the railway credit system in January 2017.
The system will pay attention to seven infractions: disturbing order at the railways and endangering railway security, serving as a bad influence to society; smoking in non-smoking areas; scalping train tickets or selling fake tickets; using others’ identification documents to buy discounted tickets, or using fake and invalid identification documents to buy discounted tickets; using invalid tickets, such as fake or expired tickets, or falsely using a supplementary ticket to ride a train; taking a train without a ticket, or rising beyond the ticket's coverage, and refusing to buy a supplementary ticket; and other infractions that deserve a penalty according to relevant laws and regulations.
Railway authorities will record the personal information of people who engage in any or all of the seven infractions in the credit system and will keep it for five years. Railway authorities will provide credit records to national and local governments as well as credit information agencies according to relevant regulations.
Passengers who have objections to credit records can bring the matter up to railway authorities.