To encourage kind acts, a ‘morality’ bank has been opened in a north-eastern Chinese city through which people can exchange points earned by good deeds for free services like haircut and health checkup.
Citizens in Yanji City, Jilin Province, can accumulate credits with the bank, operated by Danying Community, through tasks such as collecting plastic bags off the streets (10 points), handing in lost wallets (50 points) and donating blood (200 points).
Top credit earning deeds include helping others in a dangerous situation (300-500 points) and donating hematopoietic stem cells (1,000 points), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Credits can be exchanged for rewards such as a free haircut (150 points), home cleaning (500 points) or a health check (1,200).
People who collect more than 6,000 points will win the accolade “Models of Community Morals.”
Over 600 citizens have opened accounts since the bank was established on May 14, said Wang Shuqing, a community official.