Through The Static

March 7, 2008

China’s Latest Crackdown: The Liquid Lunch

Filed under: Randomness,World News — disciplepete @ 9:19 pm

A city in China has been cracking down on civil servants who get shitfaced at lunchtime on the public’s dime. Apparently this behavior is pretty common, hence the crackdown which has spread to multiple cities:

“Blow,” ordered one of Mr. Li’s young subordinates a few minutes later as he pressed an alcohol monitor to the lips of a nervous Communist Party functionary.

The target of Mr. Li’s midafternoon sting last week was not just tipsy cadres but a ritual that many Communist Party officials have long considered a part of their job description: the hours-long, alcohol-soaked midday banquet (usually paid for with public money). For the past year, Mr. Li and other investigators have swooped into government offices in this grimy city of seven million people to catch civil servants partaking of the liquid lunch. One violator was fired on the spot. (NYT)

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