In China, where the gap between the haves and the have nots has widened significantly in recent years, the slightest whiff off favoritism for the rich and powerful rankles. Guangzhou’s New Express newspaper reports today on an exclusive toilet system installed at Starlight 68, a new shopping complex in the city of Chongqing, which requires VIP cards for access. In order to qualify for a VIP card (and gain toilet access), customers must spend at least 5,000 yuan during a single visit. In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to, a very desperate man, without a VIP card, is unable to gain access to the men’s toilet, while a well-heeled shopper is welcomed into the women’s restroom as she brandishes her “VIP Card.”

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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