A man in China was fined $125 after painting his own road signs to expedite his daily commute.
The Modern Express reports that a 28-year-old man surnamed Cai, was fined 1,000 yuan (£112; $151) in the eastern city of Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. He was captured on camera on 27 September with a can of white paint painting new arrows onto the road to redirect traffic, and told police it was the result of frustrations over the long delays on his daily bus journey to work.
"I saw that the straight lane was always packed with cars, while the lane that turns left has a lot of space," he told the police.
"I thought changing the signs would make my commute smoother."
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