How Free Beer Landed Wanted Men In Police Net
In this life, if what you love does not kill you, nothing else will.
These Chinese criminals have been on the run for at least 10 years but their love of beer was what it took to arrest them.
They had innocently gone to a beer festival to have some free pints.
But unknown to them, the police had used facial recognition technology at the entrance of the festival venue.
The 25 of them were then arrested as they relaxed in the festival sampling the offerings at the annual bash in Qingdao.
Those snared included one man who had been on the run for ten years.
Eighteen cameras installed at four entrances to the festival identified each of the suspects in under one second, according to Qingdao police.
Dozens of other people with criminal records or a history of drug abuse were refused entrance after computers spotted them.
According to Qingdao authorities, the system has a 98.1 accuracy rate and sounds an alarm if a subject's face is found in the police database.
Six officers were stationed at each entrance to verify the matches.
Beer drinkers are just the latest targets of facial recognition in China, where the hardware has been installed at intersections in four cities to identify and shame jaywalkers.