The daring vigilante act of a retired teacher captured the world’s imagination last month when he smashed the cars of traffic violators with a brick. The three hour spectacle took place in the city of Lanzhou and a total of fourteen cars suffered under the wrath of Yan Zhenping.
Reports claim that the seventy-four year old man armed himself with a brick one night and waited patiently by the pedestrian crossing.
Subsequently, he attacked every car that went through the red lights at that crossing point.
The incident took place on the 9th of July and has since garnered support amongst frustrated pedestrians.
In fact, by the time the police showed up at the scene on the night of the incident, Zhenking had already found a few kindred souls to help him in this endeavor. This support group coupled with the large chanting crowd was probably more telling than the teacher’s brick-smashing spree.
Some reports claim that the gentleman might have continued his brand of geriatric justice after that day if his family had not quietly intervened.
Since then, there has been heated discussions about his actions on various internet forums. Was it blatant destruction of property, some wondered? On the other hand, others noted that his actions were cathartic.
According to them, such vigilantism was the next logical step for anyone frustrated by seemingly apathetic authorities. In their eyes, this was bound to happen in a country where wealth and car ownership is a touchy topic and hit-and-run accidents are becoming common-place.
It seems like authorities are paying close attention to the message behind Zhenking’s brick bashing incident. He has been nabbed as a traffic warden and currently spends his days busy catching traffic violators.
Except, in these cases, he has put aside his vigilante brick for a camera.
It was bound to happen eventually.
Welcome to China, they were bricking up our gate to the main street from our uni a few months back, after it was built, torn down, built and torn down again, it wasn't build again.
And life continues as actions speak loudly, as long as your actions aren't greatly against public well being that is, avoid that.
i said you said he said she said we say and they say.and round and round it goes I think one brick is worth a thousand words
I need to watch “Falling Down” again.
damn thats crazy
Yay!!! As a pedestrian that has had to "beat the traffic" despite the red light, I applaud this gentleman. BTW, I walk with a cane and have been clipped by drivers several times. I've worked as a school crossing guard and didn't lose a single child despite repeated attempts by commuters. This man is a hero!
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reminds me of something clint eastwood would do in gran torino
he is so brave
this guy should come to the US
He’s just telling them to get off his (pedestrian) lane