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Carrefour buses crippled

THE shuttle bus operations of Shanghai's Carrefour supermarkets were paralyzed yesterday morning after more than half of its fleet was sabotaged and could not be started.

Shanghai police later caught a man surnamed Wu, who allegedly organized three other people to damage the buses, police said.

Wu was a former partner of the contractor of Carrefour's shuttle bus operation and had an economic dispute with the latter, police said.

Wu had confessed that he and his accomplices damaged 46 shuttle buses of Carrefour on Friday night, 44 of which had been confirmed, police said. The case was still being investigated last night.

The breakdown was reported about 9am when Carrefour's shuttle buses could not be started.

The shuttle buses at nine Carrefour supermarkets, mostly in the city's Baoshan and Minhang districts and the Pudong New Area, were affected. The supermarket had to dispatch buses from other stores to support the paralyzed lines.

Automobile leasing service company Shanghai Haison, the shuttle bus contractor for Carrefour, found a circuit on the buses were cut off maliciously. Carrefour and Shanghai Haison soon called the police.

The operation was restored by noon after emergency repairs, according to Carrefour. The supermarket also apologized to its customers for the inconvenience.


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