In a case of life imitating the 1976 Johnny Cash song One Piece at a Time , a Chinese man has been arrested for stealing a motorcycle – part by part over five years from the factory where he worked.
Zhang, an assembly line worker in a motorcycle factory in Chongqing, had always wanted his own motorbike but could never afford one. So he started pinching parts from the factory warehouse and assembling them at home in 2003. “I don’t have that much money, so I came up with the idea of taking the parts home and assembling them on my own,” said Zhang.
After five years, he had finally built himself a brand new motorcycle and proudly started driving it on the road. But, almost immediately, he was pulled up by police who discovered that he had no driving license or paperwork for the bike. Zhang admitted theft and was fined the equivalent of $500, put on probation for a year, and ordered to return the motorcycle to the factory.