Picture this — you’re walking down the street to get a cup of coffee when all of a sudden you get an alert showing you five people nearby playing at the park who have racked up a massive debt.
Impossible? Not in North China’s Hebei province.
A new app has been developed that Chinese citizens can access via WeChat that literally displays a warning once they get within 500 meters (0.31 mies) of “deadbeat debtors,” according to China Daily.
The publication says you can see the debtor’s exact location.
The app also appears to show the debtor’s full name, accoring to screenshots posted by the Guangzhou Daily on Weibo.
According to China Daily, the app was made to make it easier for people to “whistleblow on debtors capable of paying their debts.”
A spokesman of the Higher People’s Court of Hebei told China Daily “It’s a part of our measures to enforce our rulings and create a socially credible environment.”
The app is described as part of China’s social-credit system, which essentially judges a person’s trustworthiness using measures like ability to pay off debt and behavior on public transit.
Thousands have been reportedly penalized by the system already.
More than 6,000 people who failed to pay their taxes or misbehaved on public transit were banned from going on airplanes or trains in and out of the country between June and January, according to the Global Times.
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