Somebody on Facebook Started It
But, we don't have any problems with people stealing them to decorate their homes.
Many other places, around the globe have manhole cover thievery problems.
Beijing, China loses about a quarter million manhole covers in one year.
The scrap-metal industry and, thieves, gobble them up.
It got so bad, they invented smart manhole covers to help catch the rustlers.
They began embedding GPS chips in them.
And, when a manhole cover is moved, it notifies the authorities.
Bogota, Colombia was having 10,000 manhole covers, lifted each year.
They started placing satellite tracking devices in them, too and are catching the crooks.
The Taipei Taiwan Solution
Engineers in Taipei developed a new type of manhole cover, made of cement.
The metal covers, were slippery and causing vehicle accidents on highways.
So, they started replacing the manhole covers and burying them underground.
Special tags, with embedded radio frequencies help locate the covers when necessary.
Theft problem and 17 accidents a month caused by manhole covers -- GONE !
This Could Become a Trend
Maybe, that's why somebody came up with the idea of Geo-tagging photos of them.
The search ended with Finley + Muse.
These guys may be on to something if, they're doing it world-wide.
Who knows ?
This could be the beginning of The Society for the Preservation of Manhole Covers.