So I was on Heping East Road today when I saw three kids. Now, I’ve gotten to be a fairly good judge of age, and the fact that it was before one PM on a school day afternoon leads me to believe that these three children are third graders. So there I was, minding my own business, when I saw these kids walk up to the bin lang stand. I guessed that they were buying a drink, but when I looked closely I realized that they had bought a pack of cigarettes.
If they had sold such a pack of cigarettes in the USA, I’d be able to report the stand to the police, who would:
- Fine the kid who bought the cigarettes about NT$3000. Give him community service. And make him go to a class to teach him that smoking is bad.
- Fine the bin lang shop. Close the bin lang shop. Put the bin lang lady in jail for selling the cigarettes. Fine the bin lang lady. Send her to a class to show her that smoking is bad, and make her do some community service.
In addition, the police, every year in America, send kids into stores to try to get the stores to sell the cigarettes to the kids. If the stores sell the cigarettes, then the misdemeanor counts get given out, and the fines, etc. begin.
But this is Taiwan. If I contacted the police, would they give a damn? Would they try to make a bust, and would anything happen to these awful people who are selling vile and disgusting habits?