I love the dude standing in the back, pretending like he can't help out in a very real way. "No, ees not shovel. Ees prescription walking stick."
From the submitter:
In the down & out, post apocalyptic city of East St. Louis Illinois, anything metallic that is not welded in place is fair game for scrappers, including man-hole covers. The city, being without the financial means to replace the missing covers, inserts used tires in their place to alert drivers of the open holes littering the streets.
In the Chinese province of Heilongjiang, the Public Transport Company replaced the emergency-use hammers with pairs of yellow bricks on all city buses.
"The special hammers are expensive and people were always stealing them," explained a spokesperson from the Harbin Public Transport Company. "We don't think anybody will be interested in stealing bricks."