Date
23 September 2017
The cutest thing in the neighborhood is getting facelift after being targeted by thieves. Photo: Shanghai Daily
The cutest thing in the neighborhood is getting facelift after being targeted by thieves. Photo: Shanghai Daily

Clothes thieves hit on panda bins

Next time you see someone wearing something strikingly familiar, you might want to think twice before dropping your used clothing into a collection bin in a certain Shanghai neighborhood.

Especially not into something shaped like a panda.

Residents of a housing complex in Lancun in Pudong New Area are baffling over the disappearance of used clothes from donation bins, but those from panda boxes are apparently more desirable than others.

In some instances, the panda boxes themselves have been swiped, along with their contents, according to Shanghai Daily.

As it turns out, the theft pandamonium is spreading across the city. Dozens of its 680 panda bins are missing and none has apparently turned up anywhere.

But the clothes have ended up in second-hand shops or right on the back of the culprits.

Residents have been told to stop using the bins while replacements and fixes are made. First to go are the locks. They will be replaced with the industrial-strength, fool-proof variety.

Then the cute pandas are getting a redesign. They will be taller, so thieves will have a hard time fishing clothes out of the chute.

No word if anyone has suggested replacing them with ugly black bears.  

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