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Keep those streets clean, by gum

Better hope the flavor in that Doublemint really does last twice as long.

Starting June 10, people who spit out their gum on Seoul’s streets can face a fine of up to 30,000 won ($25). The bill passed by the Seoul Metropolitan Council yesterday brings gum chewers abreast of the ranks of smokers, who can be fined 30,000 to 50,000 won (the amount varies by district) for casually tossing out their butts.

Gum spitting had not previously been included in the littering ordinance, because the city lacked legal grounds to fine gum spitters, and crackdowns against it had not gone well in the past. The need to clean up for the G-20 in November changed that, and the metropolitan government said it will begin enforcing the law strictly in September.

“Spitting gum in the streets was a major factor that made pedestrian roads dirty and disgusting. That’s prompted the Seoul city government bring measures to keep the city clean ahead of G-20 Summit,” a city official said.


By Kim Mi-ju [mijukim@joongang.co.kr]

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