MM: The toll booth would have to be staffed. You couldn't expect people to have a permit that might get randomly checked, surely. That would basically mean it would never be checked or that the handful of people who did get checked would kick up such a fuss that it would have to be changed to everyone or no one getting checked.
I assume you're saying they shouldn't be free so as to discourage the lowest category of people who would turn up en masse and run amok. To be honest though, I don't think the parks being free or not would make any real difference there for two reasons. Firstly, I've seen plenty of wealthier people run amok. This is true generally in this country because many people don't have a sense of how to behave on the road, at various sites, etc. At the museum on Green Island recently, I saw a woman take her dog inside. The bloody clerk let her in too. It's inconceivable that someone would even consider doing that at Auschwitz or Arlington National Cemetary, for instance.
That might still cut the overall volume down though, I admit. The trouble is though, that secondly, they wouldn't get to that point because they'd never set the entrance fees high enough. I don't know what the threshold might be, but let's just say they found that threshold. I couldn't see them making it that high though as too many people would complain. Maybe they'd be able to just ram it through though and too bad for people. That might backfire though if people thought they were entitled to act like idiots because they'd forked out a considerable amount of money.
Any kind of quota system would seem to be very open to corruption, as is obviously the case with the government officials Omniloquacious knows who go to Yushan every year.
Isn't the bigger issue simply that too many people here treat their environments -- both urban and natural -- with contempt?
And you coming in to scold us all like some kind of sour-puss kindie assistant who favors olive cardigans and lemon drinks without sugar. -- Muzha Man
One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words "Socialism" and "Communism" draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, "Nature Cure" quack, pacifist, and feminist in England. -- George Orwell