The authorities of the Chinese city of Suzhou, near Shanghai, have nailed seven people walking down the street in pajamas to the public pillory, reports The New York Times . The images from surveillance cameras, along with parts of their name and location, were published on the WeChat social medium for "uncivilized behavior".
"Uneducated behavior refers to people who behave in ways that disrupt public order because they have no mores," said the now deleted message. "Many people think that this (walking down the street in pajamas, ed.) Is a minor problem and doesn't matter much."
"Others feel that the public spaces are completely public, where there is no guilt, no supervision and no social pressure. This has led to a kind of self-righteous, undisciplined way of thinking," quotes The New York Times .
The newspaper also notes that wearing pajamas in public is relatively common, especially among older women. It often happens for practical reasons in southern China, where houses do not have central heating.
After national commotion, the WeChat message was removed and the Suzhou authorities apologized.