A colleague and Chinese expert sent me this notice which is a bit chilling for Chinese residents. The notice tells residents that “To avoid injuries and ensure that sharpshooters will not open fire after misjudging the situation, please retrain from opening your windows or hanging out laundry.”
The snipers are part of the security for APEC on the “Three Ring Road.”
We will no doubt learn in a month that Party leaders have a sizable share in a company making clothes dryers.
This sounds like a Chinese counterpart to Chief Wiggum from the Simpsons.
Kudos: Don Clarke
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I don’t know how accurate the translation is, but I love it. We wouldn’t want “accidents” to happen would we?
I’ll have to use this if I decide to become a robber. “Hello, please hand over your valuables otherwise the gunmen might misjudge the situation and open fire. Thank you for your cooperation.”
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Funny how law and common sense apply to ordinary people but govts can do whacko things and get away with it.
The 19 ‘right-to-dry’ states that have outlawed bans on clotheslines as of 2013:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin
Second attempt to post…the bill passed in 2009
During the time I served on an HOA Board, there was a rule against hanging laundry outdoors, but the occasional violation was not much of a problem.
To the best of my knowledge, there was never a need to warn, fine, or shoot those might have violated the rule.
Tom – my HOA does not shoot people but we have fired warning shots. 😉
Our HOA likewise forbids the airing of laundry outdoors, although not to the Chinese level of crowd control as yet. Our HOA president is a big greenie, and I engaged her in a discussion about the green advantages of air drying versus the use of electric or gas fueled clothes dryers. No dice. Apparently “value of my property” trumps “save the world from CO2 emissions.”
When she calls this winter to ask if I’d please drive over in my Suburban to pull her Prius out of the snowbank at the end of her drive, I may be too busy to avail myself of her companionship, however brief it may be.
Michael – the way my HOA is set up, they would have to see the laundry out, then ticket you and you would have 2 weeks to take it down after you received the letter. You would have to be caught 3 times in 6 months before you would get fined and even then they cannot collect the fines.
Same as in my HOA.
No airing dirty laundry in China!
You beat me to it. It sounds just like some of these snooty Homeowners Associations. Sometimes I will hang sheets and towels outside just because they smell so good when they dry that way.
Sounds like the toney suburbs that don’t allow clotheslines. I could see John Watters, Serial Mom, sniping violators.
Suddenly I’m glad the Secret Service is in charge of large event security in the US. They won’t shoot anyone.
even hanging out white laundry?
Reminds me of the time back in the early 50’s, in Brooklyn, when my mom would hang our laundry on a line, out of the kitchen window…. The Pigeons would fly over, and take shots at our sheets!
My understanding is there is barely enough room in the apts for the washing machine, much less a dryer.
Everybody is China dries their laundry outdoors. This is not going to work.
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