Today's award goes to the telecommunications maintenance department of the city of Guilin in China. The Austrian Times reports:
Red faced telecom officials in southern China have apologised after bungling workers sent to repair a snapped concrete phone line pole put it back together with sticky tape.
The pole - in Guilin city - had been broken in two when a truck reversed into it and was supposed to have been replaced.
Instead, repairmen bound it with steel cable and then covered the lot in sticky gaffer-style tape.
"We can only apologise," said a spokesman for China Telecom.
"It should have been replaced and will be as soon as possible," they added.
The funny thing is, it must have taken much more (and harder) work to fish the ends of the pole together like that than it would have done to replace it!