Date
4 December 2016
Scary stickers are hot-selling items on Taobao.com and other online stores. Photos: Bloomberg, Taobao.com, Baidu
Scary stickers are hot-selling items on Taobao.com and other online stores. Photos: Bloomberg, Taobao.com, Baidu

Beijing police not amused by Halloween car stickers

Beijing police have warned car owners that putting stickers on the rear windows of their vehicles is against the law, and they could be held criminally responsible if it resulted in accidents.

The warning came after a female driver told the Beijing Morning Post that she almost had a heart attack when she was driving and saw the ashen face of a girl looking out of the rear window of the car in front of hers.

The terrifying sight, which one expects to see only in horror movies, prompted her to suddenly apply the brakes in the middle of the road, but luckily the incident did not result in an accident, she said.

She realized later that what she saw was only a sticker, which has become a fad in the Chinese capital, especially with the approach of the Halloween.

Investigation by reporters of the newspaper revealed that online sales of such stickers have been brisk, with one store selling 42 pieces in 30 days.

According to one store owner, those who bought such stickers only wanted to teach a lesson to drivers who are fond of using high-beam headlights by scaring the hell out of them, although he stressed that the stickers were not made for that purpose.

To be sure, many drivers have complained online that using high beam is totally unnecessary and only obstructs the vision of drivers in front of them.

Beijing police said drivers who put stickers on the rear window of their cars will be fined 20 to 200 yuan (US$2.95-US$29.5) according to traffic rules, news website hk01.com reported.

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