“You can run, but you can’t hide from China’s evil ring tones that are shaming you publicly,” warned Mike Opelka on today's "Pure Opelka." He was speaking of a new app that uses peer pressure to get debtors to pay up.
The Guanyun People’s Court in the Chinese province of Jiangsu has installed this program on the phones of ten people, branding them with a specific, debt-indicative ring tone. It also forces callers to the phone to hear the following message before they get to speak to the debtor:
"The user of the number you've dialed has been listed as someone who is avoiding debt repayments ordered by the Guanyun County People's Court. Please urge this person to fulfill their legal obligations. The Guanyun People's Court thanks you for your support."
Changing numbers is no escape from this program, as the Chinese have to submit their legal name -- and all the information attached to it -- each time they get a phone or a plan.
The court insists it is being fair, as they have assured themselves that persons with the accursed phones do have the means to settle their accounts.