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Ad stickers, games, and the cops

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Ads in Beijing offering to buy drugs.
Ever wonder why no one seems to be making headway against the infestation of advertising stickers that cover signs, bridges, and sidewalks throughout China? From the Zhengzhou Evening News comes this story of advertisers going up against cops:

"Uncle, move a bit, please." On the 18th at around 11 pm, at the intersection of Wei'er Road and Jingsan Road, a patrolman from the Huayuan Road station was on duty on the roadside when a boy a bit older than ten came up and caught his attention. The two patrolmen were blocking the boy's path, so they quickly moved aside. Who knew that the boy would bend down and stick an ad sticker for fake documents right where they had been standing?

The patrolman Wang Yongli and his partner said that at the time, the boy's action left them unable to respond for a bit, while the boy ran off after sticking down the ad. However, he was unable to shake them.

The patrolmen found that the boy's pockets were bulging. When they had him turn out his pockets, he pulled out over a thousand ad stickers. This ten-year-old boy, named Li Jian, had the patrolmen gaping in astonishment once again with what he said next: "I've been caught three times, but you can't do anything to me."

"Since we can't do anything to you, you stick stuff right at our feet just because you have the guts to?" At the patrolman's question, Li Jian said happily, "It was a bet - this time I won 100 kuai!" Seeing the patrolman's befuddlement, Li Jian boasted that he and a 13-year-old friend both placed ads on Dongming Road. When they were discovered, they fled to the area near Jingsan Road, where they saw that there were patrolmen in the distance. The two made a bet: whoever could place an ad right at the patrolmen's feet would be the bravest.

Since Li Jian was too young, the patrolmen released him at 1 am. As he was leaving, Li Jian was elated: "I'm off to get my 100 kuai!"

Also from Zhengzhou comes the story of a man who got annoyed when a broken ATM didn't have a notice on it. To express his displeasure, he spent the entire morning of the 20th making withdrawals and deposits in the neighborhood of 1.52 yuan apiece - 80 in all - for a total of 14.99 yuan. The bank called the cops, but since they couldn't find anything illegal in what the man was doing, they let him go about his business. He left when the bank closed for lunch, but threatened to bring in other people to follow his example if he continued to be denied satisfaction.

Before you think of doing this yourself, a lawyer contacted by the Beijing Youth Daily said that the bank had grounds to sue the man for disruption of social order since he was obstructing other customers from conducting their own, legitimate business.

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