‘Professional snitch’ indicted for blocking motorbike rider

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–A man who makes his living by informing police of illegal activities in exchange for cash rewards was indicted by Taipei prosecutors yesterday for allegedly stopping a motorcycle rider from leaving his sight after spotting the rider warning others from being caught. According to the indictment, the 57-year-old surnamed Chen is a professional informant who earns money from the New Taipei City Government by taking photographs of smokers littering cigarette butts, an act that is against the law and punishable by fines.

On Jan. 1, Chen was again taking photographs of smokers secretly with a hidden camera inside his safety helmet at a convenience store in New Taipei City’s Shihding District (石碇區). A rider surnamed Lai became aware of Chen’s activities and warned other smokers. Lai’s move angered Chen and the two later engaged in quarrel.

Chen used his body to block Lai from leaving the scene, resulting in minor injuries on the professional snitch’s legs, the indictment said. The confrontation between the two lasted until a police officer arrived at the scene. Chen and Lai later filed lawsuits against one another.