The car owner, Huang is seen pouring oil on his own car.
A man in Shundu city of Guangdong province was seen attempting to light his own car on fire on Tuesday afternoon after staff members from the local residential committee had his car locked and charged him a parking fine, Nandu Daily reported.
Huang lights up paper with lighter.
As soon as the disgruntled man, surnamed Huang, found his car locked in the parking area at around 9:30 a.m., he told the residential committee members to take the lock off, but to no avail.
“There were other eight car owners who were angry to see their cars locked up,” said Huang.
“Several workers told us that they would unlock the cars if we handed over 30 yuan to them.”
Huang added that after they failed to produce any documents, he called the police for help.
A notice issued by the residential committee said that the parking fee in the space was set to 200 yuan per month. Drivers who paid for 12 months at one time could get two months for free, totaling 2,000 yuan for one year. It also said that vehicles parked randomly would be locked and fined for 30 yuan for “road maintenance fees”.
The notice issued by the local committee.
Huang, along with the other car owners, got into a dispute with committee workers as they were suspicious that the charging procedure was illegal and that they had no right to lock the cars.
The car owners pay the fees.
The residential committee claimed that the fee-collecting procedure have been passed by all representatives, but they weren’t sure whether the parking fee amount needed to be approved by related departments.
A security guard unlocks a car.
After a standoff lasting nearly six hours, all the car owners finally paid the fee, except for Huang, who pulled out a bottle of oil and tried to light his car on fire before being stopped by workers.
Huang left the scene at 3:30 p.m. when the committee workers unlocked his car FOR FREE.
After the car owners pay the fee, security guards begin unlock the cars.
So the moral of the story is: complain enough/attempt to set your car aflame and you can bypass any fee 30RMB or below.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Sina]