"Shanghai is not ready to completely adopt unmanned shopping."
Cashier-less convenience stores are a new trend in Shanghai's retailing industry. Some Lawson convenience stores recently adopted self-service machines to shorten consumers' wait times. However, once customers finish payment, they still must hand their receipt to staff to manually verify if any item was unpaid. It seems that unmanned shopping technologies are only as advanced as each customer's honesty.
"No Shanghainese travelers were injured in the earthquake."
At 9 pm on August 8, a 7.0-magnitude quake hit Jiuzhaigou county, a popular tourist destination in southwest China's Sichuan Province. According to Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, over 5,000 group-travel tourists organized by Shanghai-based travel agencies were visiting Jiuzhaigou and its famous park when the earthquake struck. No travelers from Shanghai were reported injured or dead.
"I wanted revenge on Mobike!"
A man that deliberately set several Mobikes on fire one month ago was finally arrested by police. Last month, some Mobikes were reported to "self-ignite" into flames. Mobike staff checked the burned bikes and found that it was man-made sabotage. Police checked relevant monitoring records and tracked down a male suspect. He later confessed that he works for a competing bike-sharing company and was angry to see Mobikes parked in an area that previously belonged to his company.
"If you need small change urgently, you can take the change; but no more than 5 yuan."
Boxes with free loose change appeared in Shanghai last week. The boxes are filled with coins, along with a sign saying "Please feel free to take the change and a bottle of water if you need it." It turned out these boxes were set up by a company to test the honesty level of Shanghai citizens. Placed around the boxes were cameras and undercover staff to record the reactions of passersby. Fortunately, the company found that most local citizens are quite honest and didn't take more than 5 yuan ($0.74).
"Mobile libraries are appearing on Shanghai's streets."
Shanghai's first "mobile library" appeared in Jing'an district in May. The second mobile library recently began to move around in the former Zhabei district. According to library staff, the library is located on a large bus with bookshelves and several sofas. It houses over 3,000 books and is equipped with a vehicle-mounted borrowing-returning system, which allows people to apply for a library card.