Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Charity Better Than Police Cars

Shanghai Police BMW

Shanghai Expo is going to open in Shanghai of China from May 1 to October 31, 2010. Recently, Shanghai Police set a new regulation that people who buy kitchen knives in Shanghai during the Expo period have to leave their ID information to the knife stores for the police to put it on file.

Giving ID information to a shop for buying a kitchen knife there is unbelievable to some people in some region of the world, but it will really happen in Shanghai of China during the Shanghai Expo. To a certain extent it reflects some social crises at the bottom of the Chinese society.

On March 30, 2010, another piece of news attracted people’s eyeballs that 22 BMW Brand patrol cars were added into the team of Shanghai Police. The 22 BMW 530Li sedans were presented by the BMW Automobile Group to Shanghai Police for their duties during Shanghai Expo.

I do not think Shanghai Police lacked of 22 patrol cars before. The market price of a BMW 550Li car in China ranges from RMB410, 000 to RMB680, 000 (USD61, 194 to USD101, 492). Accordingly, the total value of the 22 BMW cars can be up to two million of U.S. dollars. To a society in which exists leaving ID data to a shop for buying a kitchen knife there, it would be much respectable if BMW had donated the car money in China to do something for the weak at the social bottom there.