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Smooch patrol on campus beat

NANJING Forestry University in Jiangsu Province has set up a campus patrol to stop student couples from hugging, kissing, or sitting too close together.

Patrol members will issue warnings to stop students from engaging in public displays of affection.

A patrol member said a silent stare at offending couples could work as neither wanted to be embarrassed, Phoenix TV's Website reported.

Members of the patrol wear red armbands to show their identity and they are paid by the school's authority.

A patrol member surnamed Zhou said the team worked from 10:30am to 9pm every day in two-hour shifts.

Student patrollers were also supervised by teachers and faced penalties if they turned a blind eye, the report said.

The university authority said the patrols helped "clean the atmosphere" on campus.

An unnamed official said the patrol offered almost 100 work-study positions to poverty-stricken students.

However, student couples at the university are complaining about being watched.

A sophomore girl said on an Internet post that she and her boyfriend were just sitting together when a patrol member "kept coughing behind us until we had to sit apart."

Zhou said patrol members had been assaulted, either verbally or physically.


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