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Professor keen to give motorist a lesson on littering

A local scholar is looking for a car driver who threw litter at him and ignored his advice.

Wang Pinxian, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Tongji University professor, was leaving campus for home last Sunday when a man tossed some trash out of his car window in front of Wang.

Wang picked up the waste and asked the driver to take it back, but the driver turned a deaf ear to him.

"He took a look at me and turned his head away," Wang said. "I tried to argue with him, but he didn't open the window."

Wang then moved to the front of his car to get his attention, but the driver backed his car and drove away.

Wang posted a letter on the campus website seeking clues to the driver. He said he would visit the driver and discuss with him about his behavior whether he is a Tongji member or not.

The university issued a "wanted notice" on the campus website to help Wang find the driver. The website editor said the letter is a good reminder to students and faculties about their public behavior.

City legislators are revising the public sanitation administration law to include a specific punishment against people who throw trash out of a car window.

Fines could be several hundred yuan but the exact amount is still under discussion, according to the legislators.


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