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Parked car blocking the way? Chinese firm hires crane to move it ... and leave it on the roof

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 11:19am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, 11:19am

A property management firm went to extremes to teach a defiant driver a lesson after a parking fee dispute in northeastern China.

The driver was leaving a residential estate in Benxi, Liaoning province, on Tuesday morning when security guards stopped her car to charge her for parking, local news portal Ersanli reported.

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The woman refused to pay, and after some argument, she walked away, leaving her white sedan parked directly outside the security station.

The car blocked several other vehicles from entering the housing estate.

After about two hours, the estate’s property management firm decided to hire a crane to move the car.

But rather than simply removing the obstruction, the firm ordered the crane worker to lift the car onto the security station’s roof and to leave it there.

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The driver and the firm’s representative were eventually asked to meet at a nearby police station to settle their dispute, the report said.

Following the meeting, the crane was again deployed to bring the woman’s car back to the ground. The report did not say whether the woman paid her parking fees or who absorbed the cost of the crane service.