Joss paper store owner threatened with NT$100,000 fine for burning ghost money

Hell to pay: Joss paper store owner could face NT$100,000 fine the next time he tries to burn his product

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/28
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A store owner of a joss paper (金紙) shop, which had been

Image of burning joss paper by flickr user Yohmi

open for more than 20 years, was recently told by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector that he could be fined up to NT$100,000 for burning ghost money in front of his store in Kaohsiung.

Sanli News (三立新聞) reported a few days ago that an EPA inspector asked the owner of a joss paper store if he had been burning the divine dollars in his doorway, to which he replied “yes.” The inspector told him that if he was caught burning the transcendent tender, as an individual he would be fined NT$5,000 to NT$100,000 and as a company owner he could face fines of NT$100,000 to NT$300,000.

To this the owner responded “if it’s going to be like that, how can people make a living?” The inspector reportedly said, “that’s a matter for your family to resolve.”

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