Only in China: You Can Now Play Cards With The Chinese Mob
A Chinese police department recently released decks of cards featuring the nation’s most wanted fugitives accused of internet-based crimes. Over 15,000 decks of cards were handed out free of charge by the south China’s Binyang County, Guangxi Province police department in hopes of straying away from the typical wanted posters will help catch some of the biggest suspected criminals in the country.
In total there are five card sets featuring 248 criminals with each deck featuring the standard 52 cards along with jokers. If you ever wondered what it would be like to have a full-house of fugitives, some Chinese residents can now have that just by playing poker with these cards.
Each card reveals a ton of information about the suspected criminals including a picture of their face, name, national ID number, their last known address, and what crimes they are being accused of.
The playing cards isn't all about fun and games, as it is believed that the police will be awarding 2,000 Yuan ($250) to information leading to the arrest of any of the suspects. Chinese residents had mixed reactions to the released of the playing cards; those in support of the cards believe that it is a creative way to catch suspected criminals while those against it believe that this action could help promote gambling which is illegal in most of the country.
This isn't the first time playing cards have been used to try to catch criminals. When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, the US military released playing cards to assist troops in identifying of the most-wanted members of President Saddam Hussein's government. It appeared the gimmick worked or, at least, got the attention of people around the world as when a person was captured he was often referred to by the media by both his name and his playing card.
Similar playing cards were privately sold and eventually became collector's items. Whether this becomes the case in China as well is yet to be seen, but it wouldn't be surprising. After all, the US military cards didn't even feature jokers!