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Elderly man punished for stopping the traffic

An 87-year-old man is in trouble for flagging down a bus on the street between stops and trying to get on board.

Police said the incident took place on Changde Road at Zhaojiaqiao Road in the Jing’an Temple area at 2pm last Saturday.

Videos shot by passers-by and put online showed the man, who was walking with a stick, blocking the path of a No. 37 bus.

He refused to move despite a number of pedestrians asking him to get out of the road.

Police soon arrived and traffic flow was restored after it had been disrupted for around 10 minutes.

They said the man, identified as Wu, had been punished for disturbing public order, but declined to say what kind of punishment.

Similar offenses merit up to 10 days in detention, but people over 70 years of age are exempt from detention.

Meanwhile, in Hongkou District, a 63-year-old bus passenger was detained after jostling the driver and causing the bus to hit a street cleaning vehicle last Sunday.

The incident took place on Ouyang Road at Xiangde Road at noon, police said.

The passenger had an argument with the driver and then attacked him, causing the collision, police said.

No one was injured in the incident.

The passenger could face a criminal charge of endangering public safety, police said.


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