Mes­sage of shame iden­ti­fies debtors to their phone call­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Novelty mes­sages lose their fun when they an­nounce your dirty se­crets.

Guanyun County Peo­ple’s Court in Jiangsu province has teamed up with a lo­cal telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions op­er­a­tor to de­sign a phone mes­sage to em­bar­rass debtors and pres­sure them to pay the money they owe.

If any­one calls the debtor, the mes­sage plays: “The sub­scriber you are call­ing has been put on a black­list by the Guanyun County Court for fail­ing to pay debts. Please urge the per­son to ful­fill his le­gal obli­ga­tions. The Guanyun County Peo­ple’s Court ap­pre­ci­ates your sup­port. Thank you!”

“The mes­sage is de­signed to warn debtors and get them to re­pay their debts as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Pan Xing jun of the court.

“The mes­sage will dis­grace debtors and force them out of hid­ing,” Wang Yong, an em­ployee of the court, told re­pay, but refuse to carry out their le­gal obli­ga­tions,” the court said. “Some of them fab­ri­cated proof to re­sist re­pay­ing debts.”

The court said it would work with more tele­com op­er­a­tors to fur­ther en­force the mea­sure.

When the mes­sage was launched on the morn­ing of July 20, one debtor im­me­di­ately called one of the judges in the after­noon to can­cel it, promis­ing to re­pay the 100,000 yuan ($14,800) he owed in in­stall­ments.

Huang­shi, Hubei province, and Dengfeng, He­nan province, re­cently in­tro­duced sim­i­lar mea­sures.

Many debtors have tried a va­ri­ety of ways to avoid re­pay­ment. On Friday, a court in Wuhan, Hubei province, said that a 59-year-old woman had plas­tic surgery in an at­tempt to dis­guise her­self to avoid re­pay­ing 25 mil­lion yuan in debt.

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LIU MINGXIN / FOR CHINA DAILY

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