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Banana thieves forced to kneel down in public wearing 'thief' signs

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 1:21pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 1:56pm

Two mentally ill men in China’s southern Guangxi province were stripped to their underpants and forced to kneel on sharp stones under scathing sunlight for two hours after they were caught stealing bananas, Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

The two men - with hands tied behind their backs - were each wearing a sign which said: “banana thieves” during their humiliating street detention in Gaozhou city , according to a photo uploaded online by a passerby.

Police came to their rescue after being called to the scene by concerned neighbours, reported Xinhua. The owner and the two men later agreed to settle the matter, police said. 

Although lawyers said the owner, who had punished and humiliated the two men, had violated their rights and broken laws, he was not charged.

In the same week in Central Hubei province,  a 34-year-old burglar was tied to a 20 feet wall for five hours by some Wuhan security guards, next to a sign explaining what he had done. The man had been caught climbing out of an apartment block with a stolen iPad and cash, said media reports.



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Interesting to note that the owner of the bananas was not charged and the two mentally ill banana thieves later settled the matter - no doubt with the police taking a cut as usual. Disgusting.
It doesn't look like their hands were tied behind their backs.
If their hands were tied behind their backs, they wouldn't be slouching.
You can also see the guy on the right side what looks to be his right hand fingers on his right thigh (just below the cardboard sign). And the guy on the left looks like has a bottle of water (with a yellowish-green cap) being held with his right hand.
But it is a bizarre way of carrying out punishment for an alleged crime.


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