Bus stop benches vandalised for wood... or attention

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LTV news reported October 26 that a number of bus stop benches in the Tukums and Dobele districts have been vandalised.

Pictures released by the state roads agency, Latvijas valsts ceļi (LVC) show that the wooden slats used to form the benches appear to have been sawn away at 15 different stops. LVC put the cost of the vandalism at more than 1,100 euros.

One theory is that the vandals wanted the timber for firewood. However, given the relatively small amount of wood this would produce, plus the fact that to collect it a good deal of fuel would need to have been used and the wood itself had preservative coatings making it not particularly suitable for use in heating systems, it seems at least as likely that the whole thing is a stunt, possibly for the benefit of Russian social media channels.


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