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Flyposters rile officials with bus timetable 'ads'

ILLEGAL flyer distributors have taken to inserting their ads between layers of glass on bus timetables, to the annoyance of Shanghai's sanitation authorities and many passengers.

The flyers, mostly job recruitment notices, not only hide timetable information but are difficult and potentially dangerous to remove, a sanitation official said yesterday.

Flyposting teams use bamboo sticks to pry apart the two layers of glass and slip the flyers in, according to pictures posted by a netizen surnamed Zhou on

"This has become a big headache for the sanitation authority, because while it's easy to insert the flyers, it takes 10 times the effort to remove them," an official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Shanghai Daily.

The official said at least two sanitation workers must work together to remove the flyers, with one preventing the glass from falling out.

The official advised residents not to attempt to remove the flyers as they could get injured.

Timetables for No. 859 and No. 140 buses at the Shanghai Railway Station in Zhabei District have been covered by flyers, to the annoyance of passengers.

The flyers are widespread in Hongkou and Yangpu districts and Pudong New Area.

Vacancies include male and female "PR managers" to work in bars and KTVs, accompanying clients singing, drinking and others duties that the recruiter told a Shanghai Daily investigator "could only be talked about face to face."

Meanwhile, an 18-strong gang of alleged swindlers has been broken up by police with three core members detained for alleged job scams, the Zhabei District said yesterday.

The gang, led by a man surnamed Liu, claimed to operate an entertainment company, which was hiring.

They first posted false advertisements on the Internet with vacancies for bogus jobs, such as security and waiters at famous Shanghai clubs.

However, applicants would be charged various fees during interviews, police said.


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