Woman Removes Road Sign Blocking Shortcut

Story By: John FengSub-Editor:  Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report 

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This is the moment – seen over three million times online – a middle-aged woman rips a brand-new road sign out of the ground because it was blocking her shortcut home.

Police in the county of Chun’an, which is in Zhejiang Province in East China, said the woman named only as Ms Xu, 54, spent just four minutes shaking the metal pole loose from its concrete base.

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A traffic camera pointed at what authorities said was a “key junction” captured Ms Xu as she rode her scooter up to the triangular yield sign on 26th November.

She later told police it had been erected on a narrow dirt path she uses as a shortcut to reach home. The alternative would be to make a right turn at the junction ahead and go the long way around.

The surveillance video shows Ms Xu rocking the road sign back and forth while other witnesses around appear to ignore her actions.

The pole is soon ripped out of the ground, with police saying Ms Xu later discarded it in the bushes.

She was arrested for vandalising state property the following day and remains in custody.

She is believed to have been given a sentence of no more than 15 days typical of public order crimes, but it is unclear whether she was fined any money over the stunt.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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