Workers have begun prying off “love locks” that were fastened onto Shanghai’s Waibaidu Bridge by couples in the city.
The padlocks, placed on the bridge by lovebirds in a symbolic act of securing the future of their relationships à la Pont des Arts, were torn off under the order of authorities who either feared for the structure’s well-being or have never known love.
“We have removed as many as eight locks this morning,” a worker surnamed Zhou said in a Shanghai Daily report.
Security guards stationed at the 100-meter-long bridge said the locks are considered an act of vandalism. The removal was ordered after media reported the growing number of love locks appearing on the bridge in the weeks ahead of Valentine’s Day.