A bizarre phenomenon has come to light in Zhengzhou, Henan province after two men who didn’t know each other were caught stealing emergency hammers from two different buses within days of each other. Coincidentally, both men explained that they wanted to take the hammers home to use as a walnut cracker.
A young man was caught on surveillance footage last Tuesday attempting to swipe the emergency hammer from a bus on route No. 906. A strange case in itself, but especially so after police realized that a few days prior to the incident, another man had been caught red-handed by the driver of bus No. 269 while attempting to steal the very same object.
Hammer thief on bus No. 906
The passengers gave the same explanation as to why they tried to pilfer city property. Because the tool is so compact, both said they wanted to bring it home to use as a “walnut cracker”.
Hammer thief on bus No. 269
One of the bus drivers told reporters that an alarm is triggered as soon as the hammer is taken down. In the past, the hammers were only attached by a string next to the window and could be easily pocketed with a snip of a scissor blade.
Apparently, hammer stealing has become somewhat of a past time among residents in the city who can’t be bothered to go buy simple tools on their own.
“We lose at least 2,000 emergency hammers every year,” an officer with a Zhengzhou bus company said. “People always explain that they use it for cracking things at home.”
Watch the footage here:
[Image via China News]
By Joyce Ng