When husbands don’t come straight home after work, some women start calling them every 10 minutes asking where they are, others text them insistently until they’ve had enough and come home, or tease them with a photo of a delicious dinner. But one Chinese wife decided to think outside the box and came up with a very practical solution – installing a card reader at the entrance of her home, which her husband must use every time he walks through the door.
This photo of the unusual gadget was posted on Chinese social media site Weibo by user Emma Yi who wrote she was curious about what it was when visiting a girlfriend in Shanghai. She asked her friend about it and learned that it was a card reader meant to ensure that her husband got home from work before 9 pm. The guy, who works at an internet company, had begun to come in late from his job, saying that he had to put in overtime, but she had had enough of his long workdays and came up with a system to get him home by a specific time or face the consequences.
The piece of paper by the card reader lays out the rules of the household. If the husband comes home by 9 pm, he is rewarded with a warm dinner in the company of his wife, without having to do the dishes. But if he comes up to 30 minutes than the agreed hour, he is fined with 100 yuan ($15), and if he’s more than 30 minutes late, he has to put in a whole day of house chores in the weekend.