Bus Shelters Allegedly Stolen in Nanjing, Netizens Skeptical

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


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.”


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.


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.


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!


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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