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22 Metro security inspectors dismissed

SOME 22 security inspectors at Metro stations have been fired so far this year for misdemeanors that could include sleeping on duty and beating up passengers.

Another 74 inspectors who failed to meet standards have been sent on retraining courses to improve their performance, police said yesterday.

Although Metro police didn't reveal the specific reasons why the 22 inspectors were dismissed, regulations state they are forbidden to sleep, drink, play games or beat passengers on duty.

Police said they have trained 4,250 security inspectors this year and that all had to obtain a qualification for security checks before starting work.

The dismissals have revived online debate concerning the necessity of Metro security checks. On, some residents said they often saw inspectors sleeping.

Other residents said some guards performed more stringent checks on passengers who looked like non-locals, which often led to conflict.

Last Monday, a passenger refused to put his bag through the security check at the Jinshajiang Road Metro Station. An inspector grabbed hold of the bag and in the ensuing tussle the passenger fell on the escalator, injuring an elderly female passenger.

According to the Youth Daily, the inspector, surnamed Zhong, took the blame for the incident and paid the elderly woman's 1,400 yuan (US$215) medical bill.

That means Zhong lost most of his 1,500 yuan monthly salary, the newspaper said.

A reporter from the newspaper counted a total of 238 passengers rushing past the security check at Zhongshan Park Station within 30 minutes during rush hour, with inspectors doing nothing to stop them.

Police said that checks were necessary as, so far this year, inspectors have confiscated more than 20,000 items violating subway regulations.

Passengers can report inspectors' behavior on 6318-9188 ext 98110.


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