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Metro passengers face 'stinky' tofu ban

ATTENTION Metro riders, enjoy a snack of "stinky" tofu while you can, as the food may soon be banned on the subway - for its smell.

Goods with strong smells are among items to be banned on the Metro from today, under revised operation rules which have left the public puzzled and dismissive.

"A lot of daily-use stuff can be smelly," said Zhou Xinwei, a daily Metro rider. "The expression is much too vague."

Bikes, including the folding ones, are also banned in Metro subways by city Metro operator, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group.

Pets and skateboards have also fallen foul of the operator.

In response to passengers' calls for a definition of a "smelly" item, officials of Shentong said "it's impossible to list all the possible banned items in the rules."

The operator said it would only restrict those goods of a size or with a smell that seriously disturb other passengers taking the trains.

It added that the rule does not mean riders are not allowed to bring food to Metro.

The operator also conceded that the rules are limited in reality.

If a rider carries a folding bike, the operator could hardly stop them, provided the bike is small enough to fit into its bag.

The rule also highlights that passengers should not rush through closing train doors when the alarm sounds.

In a recent fatal accident, a middle-aged woman was killed after being trapped between train doors on Metro Line 2 in July.

She was trying to stop the doors from closing but her hands became trapped between them. The woman was then dragged along and collided with platform barriers.


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