Tired Of Indians Ruining Public Spaces By Spitting, Leicester City Puts Warning Signs In Gujarati
Living in India, most of us are used to public places being littered but the problem is now spreading across the world.
The newest city abroad to be struggling with untidy Indians is Leicester in the UK. Spitting paan has become so rampant there that the authorities have had to put up signboards for the Indian NRIs in Gujarati.
A signboard from Leicester’s police force and the Leicester City Council reads, “Spitting paan on the street is unhygienic and anti-social.” And then in all capital letters and red colour it warned the residents, specifically Gujaratis, “You could be fined £150.” pic.twitter.com/DcdRyMF3da
— Suresh R (@iamabofh) April 13, 2019
The sign says that those found spitting paan on the street will be fined with £500 (roughly ₹13,000). It is written in two languages: Gujarati and English, making it clear who the message is for.
Came across this photo on whatsapp, I feel really disappointed. Written in Gujarati clearly sends the message to whom it’s addressed. And to people who are doing this, you are sending bad impression about India to World or maybe the reality of India!!#Shame #Leicester #Paan pic.twitter.com/0HJiCw7xsU
— Parth Patel (@_par7h) April 13, 2019
News 18 reported Leicestershire Police to be saying that the habit is more prevalent in areas like Spinney Hills, North Evington and Belgrave.
This is the third effort by the UK government to control the problem, with a fine having been levied previously in 2010 and 2014.
It was also noted that paan stains are hard and expensive to get rid of, and they ruin the aesthetic of the place.