In case of emergency use brick

Cheapskate Chinese bus company bosses are fitting their vehicles with bricks on a string instead of the usual hammers to break the glass in an emergency.

Health and Safety executives in Heilongjiang Province, north-east China, ruled that passengers needed to be able to smash the windows to get out in an emergency.

But the Harbin Public Transportation Company said the special safety hammers were too expensive and instead fitted their buses with regular building bricks painted bright orange and tied with a piece of string to meet the new rules.

A spokesman told The Austrian Times: “With this move we are now fully in compliance with the law. The bricks are all painted orange with two Chinese characters symbolising ‘for emergency use’.

“Passengers caught in an emergency situation can use the bricks to escape by smashing the window.

“The bricks are stored under the driver’s seat and under a rear seat. It’s easy for passengers to spot them because they are bright orange.”

The company said the orange bricks had so far been installed on 300 of their 700 buses.

The spokesman added: “The special hammers are expensive and people were always stealing them. We hope that no one will be interested in stealing bricks.”

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