A man who took a woman's seat on a bullet train and refused to leave has been banned from rail travel for an unspecified period of time, China Railway Jinan Group said on Friday.Railway police also fined him 200 yuan ($29), according to the group.
A video posted online showed the man, Sun He, taking a window seat in an economy coach on a train from Jinan to Beijing on Tuesday, and refusing to give it back to the woman and taunting her.
"You have three choices - stand, take my seat or go to the dining coach," Sun told the young woman in the video. According to the tickets, Sun's assigned seat was one row behind the woman's.
When a train attendant came to mediate, Sun claimed he wasn't able to stand and asked for a wheelchair. A railway police officer tried to persuade him but failed, and he was then left alone. The woman was given a seat in the business-class coach.
The punishment, released on Friday, came after the incident triggered nationwide anger and online condemnation of Sun's behavior.
Under pressure by the online exposure, Sun published a video to "apologize to the young woman and all other Chinese people" on Wednesday night.
It remains unknown how long he will be banned from rail travel. But according to a guideline to restrict offenders from train travel for violations, offenders will be banned from rail travel for 90 or 180 days, depending on the violations. Violations include smoking on trains, traveling without tickets, failing to pay surcharges upon arrival, reselling tickets, using a fake ID and disrupting public order or railway safety.
The personal information of those who commit any of the seven behaviors including disrupting transportation, smoking on a train and ticket-related misbehavior are put on a blacklist by the railway system, which will ban them from traveling by train in the future, according to the trial edition of the regulations on managing railway passengers' credit records, which were released by China Railway Corp in 2017.
In a case in January, a schoolteacher held open the door of a train to prevent it leaving on time so her husband - who was late - could catch the train. The teacher was then fired from her job.
On Friday, netizens exposed anothersimilar case, China National Radio reported. A woman with a standing ticket took a passenger's seat on a train from Shenzhen to Qingdao on Wednesday, and refused to give it back even though a train attendant tried to mediate. The passenger and her companion were forced to stand for two hours from 4 am to 6 am, the report said.