Sichuan Town Stuck with 2 Tons of Phoney Coins Used as Bus Fare

By Daniel Plafker, January 11, 2018

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Guangzhou buses may soon be rolling out new-fangled, wearable tech to launch fare payments towards futuristic new horizons but across the country, many cities are still doing things the old-fashioned way. For the town of Suining in Sichuan, that apparently means sometimes letting inventive commuters get away with a free ride. 

Sichuan News reports that transport authorities in the city routinely pull in roughly RMB150,000 per year in fake bus fare payments. 

The evidently low-tech coin deposit slots have been bamboozled by everything from counterfeit small change to game tokens, chocolate coins, hawthorn candy discs and non-exchangeable foreign currencies. 

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The present stockpile in the city’s treasury of phony payments weighs in at a whopping two metric tons, with photos showing transport workers sorting through gleaming mountains of bogus coinage.

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The bus company told reporters they will likely be left with no choice but the melt the assorted odds and ends down for scrap or simply bury the whole trove in order the get rid of the worthless fortune. 

[Images via the Yangcheng Evening News]

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