Monday, August 24, 2009

steal it, build it, lose it.

Zhang has been working on the assembly line at a factory in Chongqing, China that makes motorcycles.

Zhang always wanted a motorcycle of his own, but could never afford one. So, one day, he came up with a simply elegant plan:
He decided to steal a motorcycle one part at a time.

Starting in 2003, Zhang systematically took all the necessary parts from the factory: springs, pedals, engine parts, seat, kickstand... all of it. As he gathered the parts, Zhang began the assembly at home.

It took him more than five years to gather the parts. Finally, he succeeded in getting them all, and no one noticed. He wasn't caught.

Unfortunately, he forgot one thing-- Zhang never got a motorcycle license.

Zhang took his newly completed motorcycle out for a ride and was almost immediately stopped by the police.

The police discovered that Zhang didn't have a license. Then, they found that Zhang couldn't produce any papers for the motorcycle.

Shortly after, Zhang admitted to the theft. He was fined the equivalent of just under $900, given a year probation... and had to return the motorcycle, assembled. [www_ananova_com]

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