An unemployed man who fashioned a device with which he was able collect some impressive sums of cash from vending machines around Shanghai was detained after police noticed him wandering “with a pronounced jingle with every step he took”.
The man, surnamed Li, told police that he’d made several thousand yuan in the past two months alone with his device, a mere piece of folded paper which he inserted into coin slots to catch coins falling into the machine, according to Shanghai Daily.
Li said he would put the device in the machine then come back one or two days later to collect the spoils with a plastic stick wrapped with a magnetized aluminum sheet he’d cut from a pop can. He was able to collected coins adding up to 50 yuan from each vending machine on average.
Sadly, the gig was up when Li caught the attention of police officers as he was “wandering around in the Shanghai Circus World Station with a pronounced jingle with every step he took”.
When cops approached him, he refused to give his identity number and was taken away for identify verification before cops found his pocket o’ homemade tools and some 200 stolen coins.
Li told cops he was in between jobs and was targeting vending machines in stations along Metro Lines 1, 2, 6 and 11.
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