From Sichuan Online:
Yesterday Netizen “Jujuber” complained on the forum post, the newly constructed bus stop benches at Renmin Road in Chengdu are too narrow and too slippery, “can’t even fit my butt”. Reporter visited five bus stations and found that the new benches were indeed not popular among people. The relevant department responsible for the design said such unique shape has its reason – to prevent homeless from sleeping on them.
“Is this still a bench? Can’t even sit on it!!! Do I need to lose weight on my butt?” Forum poster wrote, “Even the children’s slide we ride on can hold my butt.” He said, a girl wearing high heels and sits on the bench is like “being tortured”. Over 100 netizens replied, “It does not fit people with big butt, and it hurts people with small butt.” Some netizens have never seen this yet are determined “to pay a visit just to try it out.” Some also said “the creative idea of the bench is good, but it is too cruel to the homeless who are looking for a bench to sleep on.”
Even though there are many people waiting for the buses, only 20% of the people waiting at these 5 stations actually sat on the benches. The 10-meter-long stainless steel bench only had 2 people sitting on it. A slightly large person would have half of his butt hanging out.
Chengdu Construction Commission Major Office responsible person said, the bus stop benches are part of the city reform for South Renmin Road, the shape of the benches is also specially designed. “You will sit very steady if the feet are on the ground, when the feet leave the ground you will slide down.” This is specifically designed characters of these benches.
He said, taking careful consideration according to the past experience, flat comfortable chairs in public places can easily be used as beds for the homeless, occupied by the small number of people, not only affect the city’s image, the general public also cannot use them. Flat comfortable chairs cannot improve their effectiveness of being utilized; bus stop benches should only be used for short term resting, and for more people.