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Shoes vigilante at Xiamen Airport stirs public debate


A Chinese social media user who filmed himself throwing away the shoes of a sleeping barefoot traveller has caused a social media storm.


The self-made video shows an angry man at an airport in Xiamen, Fujian province picking up the sleeping traveller's shoes and throwing them into a nearby bin.


"I saw a man lying on the seats with his shoes and socks off," the man says. "What will foreigners think if they see such ill manners – they will wonder about how low Chinese peoples' standards are."


Many comments said he "did the right thing" and that the shoeless man was "breaking public order and morals".


Many said that the shoeless man's behaviour was "uncivilised", but others took an equally dim view of the vlogger, saying that "throwing away someone's belongings is illegal".


Some accused the vlogger of seeking publicity and trying to "get his name out there."


"Marong" accused him of "grandstanding", asking why he wasn't "able to first talk with the man".


And "TristaBXGE" asked whether China needs to do more to improve its image which has been tarnished by badly-behaved tourists abroad.


"Why is everything linked to 'overseas?'" she asked. "Is 'improving quality' all for foreigners?"


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