Planet China

Shovel trouble

In the small hours of Christmas day, residents of a street in Meizhou, Guangdong province, were rudely awoken by the sound of construction work. One groggy local told the Meizhou Daily that he had planned to lodge a complaint, since construction work isn’t supposed to be carried out before dawn.

However the violation at hand was much more severe. A 29 year-old construction worker surnamed Luo had driven his excavator into a branch of the China Construction Bank, smashing into the front wall, and was using its digger arm in an attempt to crack open the ATM machines.

When police arrived on the scene, Luo was still working on extracting his cash though he failed to withdraw a single yuan. The excavator had damaged four ATM machines, ripping them from the building, but bank staff reported no cash had been lost.

After being arrested and having his excavator towed away the hapless Luo reportedly told police that he had needed to get some extra money for the upcoming Spring Festival (the Chinese Lunar New Year occurs in 2017 on January 28).


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