Bus Shelters Allegedly Stolen in Nanjing, Netizens Skeptical

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From NetEase:

24 Nanjing Public Bus Stop Shelters Disappear, Each One as Much as 200-250kg Heavy

July 23, the Nanjing Bus Stop Shelter Company received a complaint, demanding to know why the newly erected bus stop shelters were dismantled overnight, “isn’t this a waste of public resources?” Public bus advertising company deputy director Zheng Wei was immediately “stupefied”, immediately dispatching staff to investigate the bus route, only to discover that the newly erected bus stop sheltered have all been “cut away” at their base. Afterward, the Nanjing Bus Stop Shelter Company called the police and allegedly these stolen stainless steel bus stop shelters are worth a total of 1.4 million [RMB]. At present, only a bus stop sign is erected at the stops as a temporary measure [to indicate the stops to riders].

24 bus stop shelters in Nanjing mysteriously disappear overnight, alleged stolen for their stainless steel content.

Yesterday morning, this Modern Express reporter skeptically arrived at the section of the road where the bus stop shelters were stolen–Jiangbei Avenue Lijing Road. There was not a single bus stop shelter in sight on the entire road, and instead, at every interval, there were thick steel pipes for fences or railings. Nanjing Bus Stop Shelter Company staff pointed to these steel pipes and said, “these were we had recently built the bus stop shelters, and all that is left are the benches.”

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The stolen bus stop shelters were all erected along Jiangbei Avenue, involving 24 shelters, identical in style and material with the main city district’s newly built bus stop shelters. This reporter saw on scene that most of the bus stops on this section of road only have benches “lonely” left standing, with some of the bus stops not even having their benches anymore. Remaining on the ground are several thick hollow steel pipes with traces of cutting around their openings, the pipes having been the poles for the bus shelters and signs prior to being cut.

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Allegedly, these bus stop shelters are 3.8 meters wide between their main poles, with the light box between being nearly 3 meters high, all made from stainless steel. Zheng Wei tells this reporter that every bus shelter weighs as much as 200-250kg. “Every time we install one, we have to use a crane.” The tool used to deliver the bus shelters are 8-12 ton trucks. Photo is of a remaining bench.

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It is because this area has not yet had surveillance cameras installed that the thieves stole these 24 bus shelters and currently remain unknown.

Comments from NetEase:

毛主义万岁 [网易广西南宁市网友]:

Nanjing is a place where the abnormal happens!

齐天大盛孙悟空 [网易浙江省绍兴市网友]:

You sure it was stolen, or was it because you were unable to pay for the goods, and the construction company therefore dismantled them? What thief would drive a 10 ton trailer truck with a gas-cutting machine and a crane to come dismantle your junk? What road these days doesn’t have surveillance cameras? With such large objects, they could transport them anywhere and the case would be cracked in just minutes. Who would be ignorant to that degree? A 58,000 yuan bus stop shelter. If we take out taxes, labor, profit, the glass sunshade, lights, printing, foundations, the truly 304 stainless steel material would not be worth over 15,000 yuan, which is over 900kg, and worth about 6000 yuan as scrap metal. Who would be so bored as to dismantle your crap and transport it to a metal recycling station? It could again only be the construction company, and because the advertising company contracted them without leaving much profit and ultimately some companies ended up not paying the money they owed, so the construction company had no choice, and left without recourse, they took back what they had built. Actually, even if it is like this, they would still be completely upside down on losses. As for the advertising company, they must know what happened to the bus shelters but won’t say, simply reporting them as having been stolen, the various reasons everyone can guess.

网易江苏省南京市网友 ip:222.190.*.*

Professional, too professional.

网易天津市手机网友 ip:125.39.*.*

24 shelters worth over 1.4 million, which is nearly 60,000 kuai per shelter… stainless steel material, as if stainless steel was very high-end/expensive. If all of them were made with 316 stainless steel, 200-250kg worth of material for one shelter wouldn’t cost over 10,000 kuai either. What more, it looks like the four poles were all cut with gas cutters, and anyone with common sense knows that stainless steel is very hard to cut with gas cutters, and what more, the edge would not look like this… The four poles should just be iron… and if so, the construction price for one shelter would be no more than 10-20,000 at most, so how was fucking over 1.4 million calculated?

光晨晨 [网易陕西省西安市手机网友]: (responding to above)

Professional [someone who knows what he’s talking about], ding this up.

一瞬间的我 [网易辽宁省营口市网友]:

Too well-made, too much money invested, afraid of being investigated, found someone to steal them!

真理粉碎机之警世通言 [网易湖北省荆门市网友]:

I don’t care if you believe it or not because either way, I don’t believe it!

嗯好丶支持丶看到希望 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

I just discovered closed circuit television abbreviated is CCTV. I think I’ve just realized something!

我是彪哥srhb [网易福建省泉州市手机网友]:

I’m also in the industry/field. Advertising signboards, bus shelters, the material cost is 8000, while manufacturing and labor is 4000, pouring concrete including labor is 3000, with the remaining transportation and material costs being 1,5000. The boss makes 20-30,000, and the rest goes to the government leader, with the fapiao [tax receipt] made in any arbitrary amount.

网易浙江省金华市永康市手机网友 ip:125.113.*.*

A bunch of bandits robbed a bank. One of them suggests: Should we count how much we got? The boss says: “You dummy! We’ll know how much once it appears in the news tomorrow!” The next day, the bank president says 100 million has been stolen from the bank. The boss counted the money: Fucker, I risked my life to only steal 30 million, while the bank president can make 70 million just by opening his mouth!

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  • Surfeit

    I really hope the comment “Professional, too professional.” was made in the way it sounds in my head when I read it.

  • pink panda

    hahaha!
    so cool!
    i wish i can steal that man’s body every time i pass by the Palace.
    hahaha@

    • lacompacida

      You like pickled meat ?

  • JabroniZamboni

    I bet these get chopped up, modified into mini ghetto kitchens, and have bikes attached to them for mobile meow meow xiaolongboa street vendors.

    • Rick in China

      Or installed. Paid for. Removed. Stored. Reinstalled as replacements. Repaid for. Extra kickbacks for all.

      • JabroniZamboni

        Yeah.

        That or someone might steal Mao’s carcass and turn him into a Transformer. They really seem to dig those movies here. I don’t get it.

    • Surfeit

      Hmmmm… xiao long bao…

  • JayJay

    I am not sure if the Local Authorities had to pay for the bus stops. I work for a Local Authority in the UK. The Council never pays for bus stops. We only contract out the right to advertise in return for actual bus stops built by advertising companies, such as JCDecaux or Clear Channel. The revenue generated pays for the bus stops. Contracts last fort he life time of the bus stop and once they need to be replaced, the contract will be tendered again. Maintenance, as well as theft/damages such as this is paid by the advertising company.

    • lacompacida

      But this was the advertising company speaking.

    • Surfeit

      Fun-fact!

  • Free Man

    I am in for the explanation, that these shelters were cheaper than the books said and therefore removed, before anyone could find out. Maybe they even had an insurance. Can one actually insure bus shelters??

    • ClausRasmussen

      Occam’s razor says that the construction company wasn’t paid as agreed as several of the Chinese commentors also point out.

  • Dr Sun

    “A bunch of bandits robbed a bank. One of them suggests: Should we count how much we got? The boss says: “You dummy! We’ll know how much once it appears in the news tomorrow!” The next day, the bank president says 100 million has been stolen from the bank. The boss counted the money: Fucker, I risked my life to only steal 30 million, while the bank president can make 70 million just by opening his mouth!”

    sums it up quite nicely I think

  • Surfeit

    I BLAME THE CHINESE AND THEIR UNCOUTHLY BEHAVIOUR.

    • Brian227

      I want to punch your English teacher.

      • YourSupremeCommander

        No, we need more of her English teachers, so that we will have more people to be superior to.

  • Insomnicide

    Why would an average Joe (or in this case, Zhou) steal a bus shelter?

    • …for shelter from buses, obviously.

      • Dr Sun

        what happened to you matt, you once were a serious and respected poster on here, now you seem to have degenerated into the likes of Rick never lived in china, Proco, lacompacida, et al.

        • I’ve always had a sense of humor and a penchant for corny one-liners.

          I still expend plenty of hours typing serious, “respectable” walls of text intermingled with copious data (just take a look at my recent comment history, beyond the last four comments). I’m not sure how my “bus shelters = taking shelter from buses” joke puts me into the presumably “anti-China” camp. Go back and read Insomnicide’s comment; you must admit that he did a perfect set up for a joke, and a comment like mine was all but inevitable.

          I will admit I’m becoming increasingly weary of the whole concept of epic rhetorical debates pitting endless walls of text against each other. It’s not worth the effort, so I try to aim for brevity when I can. Nonetheless, I still frequently get pulled into such matters, as my comment history attests.

          • ClausRasmussen

            >> I’m becoming increasingly weary of the whole concept of epic rhetorical debates

            The key is to know when to stop.

            My rule (I break it often, though) is to say something. Then my opponent say something else. Then I comment on it, pointing out his mistakes or misunderstandings. My opponent will then comment on that, but I don’t answer. The debate is over as far as I am concerned.

            If you can’t get your point across in two comments, you never will.

          • Surfeit

            I love to read those pithy arguments. “China be dirty!” VS. “You don’t know culture, maaan” etc etc. Aye, it’s not easy to avoid them every time; Then you have to stop yourself from looking at your comment replies because you know it’ll be A. Ridiculous and/or B. An abusive tirade.

            Great reads though. Just fantastic.

        • YourSupremeCommander

          If you must be serious & post Ph.D type stuff on a site like this… sorry Dr. Sun, you must be boring as hell.

          • Kai

            He doesn’t do it either. Sometimes he just randomly accuses people of things they don’t deserve (sometimes). It’s kinda weird because sometimes he’s on point and sometimes he’s just bizarro Dr. Sun. Jekyll and Hyde sort of situation.

        • Insomnicide

          I guess I can understand what Matt might be experiencing. Long heated serious debates don’t work out on cS (or kB, jC, etc.) because some people just don’t listen or follow the argument at all. It just becomes frustrating as you’re trying to preach to someone who may or may not be at the extreme end of the spectrum and refuses to take in new ideas.

          • Kai

            Which is why often the arguments go on not with any hope of convincing the other but with hope that it convinces the audiences who might care about the issues and thus follow the argument.

          • Boris

            OR those of us who follow the arguments for the LULz.

            (or that we might learn something new, but mainly for the LuLz)

          • Kai

            True, I’ve read arguments just because I found the arguments amusing.

        • Kai

          WUT? THAT WUZ HULARIOUS!

    • Stefan

      To sleep under them instead of sleeping under bridges which has spikes on the ground.

    • Zappa Frank

      sell materials.. a bit strange, usually is more common with copper.

  • Science Patrol

    Obv mistaken for trailer homes. Look Hon a condo!

  • The Japanese government to this day hasn’t apologized for the Rape of Nanjing Bus Shelters

    • Karze

      Chinese haven’t apologized the rape of Tibet.

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        The Joke

        Elder Gods

        The Universe

        The Solar System

        The Stratosphere

        Your head.

  • Foreign Devil

    The bus shelters probably had big kickbacks. .and somebody is afraid of getting caught in the corruption and graft crackdown thats going on now in China.

    “I just discovered closed circuit television abbreviated is CCTV. I think I’ve just realized something!” Yeah I always thought that was an apt acronym

  • don mario

    typical day in china!

  • Master777

    “24 shelters worth over 1.4 million, which is nearly 60,000 kuai per shelter… stainless steel material, as if stainless steel was very high-end/expensive. If all of them were made with 316 stainless steel, 200-250kg worth of material for one shelter wouldn’t cost over 10,000 kuai either. What more, it looks like the four poles were all cut with gas cutters, and anyone with common sense knows that stainless steel is very hard to cut with gas cutters, and what more, the edge would not look like this… The four poles should just be iron… and if so, the construction price for one shelter would be no more than 10-20,000 at most, so how was fucking over 1.4 million calculated?”

    Very easy 1 million goes into a corrupt officials pocket and the rest goes into the cost of construction. Very common practice in China where all government ranks are bought with money. It cost tons of money to be a government official so how else can they make their money back on a regular government salary?

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