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First paragraph is amusing

http://www.news18.com/news/world/highway-robbery-chinese-man-steals-road-sells-chunks-to-stone-material-factory-1649433.html

Shanghai: An enterprising thief in eastern China has given new meaning to the phrase "highway robbery" by stealing an 800-metre-long stretch of concrete road overnight, a Chinese media report said.

Confused locals in the village of Sankeshu in Jiangsu province called police on January 24 to report that the segment of road had mysteriously gone missing, leading some to believe that an unannounced road renovation was underway, the China News Service reported.

But police soon discovered that a man surnamed Zhu had hired a digger to rip out the road and trucks to ship the chunks of concrete to a stone materials factory which purchased them, said the report issued late on Thursday.

Zhu had been looking for a way to make money and felt that digging up and selling the concrete would be a good "business opportunity", rationalising the move by saying a newly built road nearby had made the dug-up road obsolete.

"No one was taking the road. Why don't I dig it up and I can sell the cement pieces for some money," the report quoted him as saying.

The 500 tonnes of concrete slabs that Zhu removed were bought by the factory for 5,000 yuan (USD 795). The brazen theft sparked tens of thousands of comments on Chinese social media by netizens lauding the man's cheek.

"Poverty has really made him innovative," said one posting on China's Twitter-like Weibo. Another wrote: "The most suitable punishment would be to make him fix the road."

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 12:28:48 Reply

Who would steal a road?

zHu Would steal a road.

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 12:39:09 Reply

Must have been inspired by those anti piracy ads. "You wouldn't steal a road!" and he was like "Fuck YOU!"


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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 12:51:42 Reply

At 2/7/18 12:39 PM, Haggard wrote: Must have been inspired by those anti piracy ads. "You wouldn't steal a road!" and he was like "Fuck YOU!"

I thought of that just as I was reading the OP.

Now to find that Flash movie...
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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 13:03:50 Reply

That blows, that's like pulling down, and shipping a bridge to the scrapyard, only to get a crumb of it's value, just awful.

Concrete prices in the States have finally come down a bit, that 3 Gorges Dam project sent prices thru the roof globally for a good while.

At first I thought this thread was in reference to a private road in San Francisco, that got bought by a Chinese couple, after the residents association missed a tax payment on it. The road was erroneously put up for sale... the couple figured they might be able to make a few bucks on renting it, but SF took it back or something.


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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 13:45:05 Reply

No wei, that's crazy lmao!

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 13:47:23 Reply

Shanghai: An enterprising thief in eastern China has given new meaning to the phrase "highway robbery" by stealing an 800-metre-long stretch of concrete road overnight, a Chinese media report said.

Sounds like the beginning of an X-Files episode.

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 13:49:06 Reply

That is insane, It's sad to see someone like him going down this road.
Almost gives me road rage just thinking about it.

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 15:59:08 Reply

Zhu had been looking for a way to make money and felt that digging up and selling the concrete would be a good "business opportunity"

Beautiful.


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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 17:47:18 Reply

Road: Soon to be available at your nearest Chinese Restaurant...

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 20:32:33 (edited 2018-02-07 20:32:48) Reply

people in the north of england steal cobblestones and yorkshire slate all the time

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 20:52:48 (edited 2018-02-07 21:00:52) Reply

And here I thought stealing copper pipes for scrap was desperate. You could probably get more money from selling a house's copper plumbing than that guy got for an entire road.

(Also, if this guy can steal 800 meters of road overnight, imagine how many abandoned/empty buildings he could of metal stripped in the same time. It would be less immediately noticeable as well.)


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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 21:28:40 Reply

At 2/7/18 08:32 PM, yurgenburgen wrote: people in the north of england steal cobblestones and yorkshire slate all the time

Is it so they can build a giant cobblestone and yorkshire slate golem which will then rampage the lands Godzilla-style?

They'll need to use some sort of wizard to enchant the golem and bring it to life. I'm not quite sure how that part works. Also how do you pay wizards? They'd have no use for conventional currency as they could just conjure it up.

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 21:30:01 Reply

At 2/7/18 09:28 PM, NeonSpider wrote: Is it so they can build a giant cobblestone and yorkshire slate golem which will then rampage the lands Godzilla-style?

it's because they are gypsies

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 21:33:50 Reply

At 2/7/18 09:30 PM, yurgenburgen wrote:
At 2/7/18 09:28 PM, NeonSpider wrote: Is it so they can build a giant cobblestone and yorkshire slate golem which will then rampage the lands Godzilla-style?
it's because they are gypsies

Aha! Gypsy golems! It probably already has the magic embued due to gypsy curses or something to that effect.

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-07 21:41:24 Reply

At 2/7/18 09:33 PM, NeonSpider wrote: Aha! Gypsy golems! It probably already has the magic embued due to gypsy curses or something to that effect.

these are the people we are dealing w/ here

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-08 02:57:59 Reply

At 2/7/18 12:51 PM, Painbringer wrote:
At 2/7/18 12:39 PM, Haggard wrote: Must have been inspired by those anti piracy ads. "You wouldn't steal a road!" and he was like "Fuck YOU!"
I thought of that just as I was reading the OP.

Now to find that Flash movie...

no you didn't


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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-08 05:56:21 Reply

War. War never changes.

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-08 11:34:52 Reply

At least the road got to go on a road trip!


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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-08 12:11:44 Reply

At 2/8/18 11:34 AM, PancakePocket wrote: At least the road got to go on a road trip!

ROFL

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-08 12:40:32 Reply

At 2/8/18 02:57 AM, UrbanChampion wrote: no you didn't

Yes he did.


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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-09 10:34:37 Reply

Inventive. XD If only they hadn't figured out who did it though, could've been one of those lately all too few mysteries of modern time (Bermuda Triangle-like)...

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Response to Chinese man steals road 2018-02-09 10:49:28 Reply

He must've been a libertarian. Amirite, ladies?


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