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Chinese Homebuyer Discovers Bamboo Used Instead of Steel Rebar

Moso bamboo, photo for illustration only.
Moso bamboo, photo for illustration only.
Moso bamboo, photo for illustration only.

From NetEase:

Jiangsu Building Uses Bamboo Instead of Steel Rebar, Developer Claims It Is Playing a Prank on the Homeowner

Moso bamboo and steel reinforced bars are two things that have absolutely nothing to do with each other, but, sometimes, these two things have still been equated by people, such as just recently in a new building being constructed in Taizhou city Jiangyan district, where some homebuyers discovered that sheets of moso bamboo have been suspected of being used in the place of steel rebar during construction.

A wall torn down in a newly constructed apartment building in Jiangsu, China, where bamboo was found in the place of steel rebar.

Those familiar with the situation exposed it saying a homeowner who just received his [newly constructed] apartment and immediately began interior decorations had tore down an air-conditioning partitioning wall on the balcony only to discover there wasn’t a single steel reinforcing bar inside, but in their place were two flat pieces of moso bamboo approximately one meter long and 10+ centimeters wide. At first, the developer explained that this was a prank by construction workers, with the intent of playing a joke with the homeowner. However, after continued questioning by this reporter, the developer then alleged that it was the homeowner and construction workers conspiring together with the intent of extorting the developer.

At present, the local public security organs have already opened a case and begun investigating. As for whether or not the building has construction quality issues, that must wait until after the supervising regulatory department has completed its evaluation to be determined.

Comments from NetEase:

数风流人物看今朝 [网易上海市网友]:

Also, just how did it past inspection during construction? This must be thoroughly investigated!!

巴神非八神 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

So in the future we’ll just buy houses with hell money. We’re also just joking with you.

我拆我拆我拆拆拆 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

“the developer explained that this was a prank by construction workers, with the intent of playing a joke with the homeowner. However, after continued questioning by this reporter, the developer then alleged that it was the homeowner and construction workers conspiring together with the intent of extorting the developer.”
Whether or not it was extortion depends on the developer’s capabilities.
70 years is simply a joke!

无人相伴 [网易浙江省湖州市网友]:

I’ll give you the housing payment by burning it for you next Qingming Festival, and I’m not joking with you.

空亦空 [网易广西桂林市网友]:

China’s construction and engineering inspectors can be all be put to death.

网易浙江省温州市平阳县网友 ip:60.12.*.*

People’s hearts have fallen into the pit of money. This kind of unscrupulous developer should be charged with murder.

lelelelehehehehe [网易河南省郑州市网友]:

Shameless to the extreme!

网易北京市海淀区网友 ip:101.254.*.*

The homebuyer should pay for the home with hell money — not joking.

37025 [网易山东省滨州市邹平县网友]:

Who handled the inspections? Come out and explain yourself! Whoever supervised, you also come out and explain yourself!

军位煮食 [网易广东省广州市天河区网友]:

Could a second fallen building incident occur?
If those who purchased an apartment there don’t fight for an explanation, then you’re on your own.
When the fallen building incident happened in Shanghai, no one had moved in yet, but now/this…
Amen, may God protect the innocent then.

Moso bamboo, photo for illustration only.
Moso bamboo, photo for illustration only.
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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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