Thursday, 30. October 2014
01. 08. 14. - 16:00
When a bus company in eastern China cancelled its account with a billboard firm, they just ad to get their own back.
Baffled passengers on the line's route in Nanjing, a city in Jiangsu province, found 24 brand new steel bus shelters had disappeared overnight.
Now officials believe the sacked firm - which used to paste up advertising posters on the shelters - tore down the structures overnight in revenge.
"We have our strong suspicions about why they went missing and who is responsible. That contract was worth a lot of money," said a spokesman for the bus line.
"We think they decided that if we were no longer using them to put up adverts, they would take down the shelters so that no-one would be able to do it.
"They might well have felt badly done by but this is too much," they added.
Officials say each of the shelters - worth more than 150,000 GBP together - could have been dug out in less than 20 minutes.
Police confirmed they are investigating the bizarre theft and plan to quiz the billboard firm.
"It could, of course, have been scrap metal thieves too but there was a lot of bad blood over the cancelled contract and revenge could have been a strong motive," said police spokesman Jun He.
"We haven't found the shelters yet but when we do, we'll catch those responsible," he said.
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