The sight of a BMW Mini police car parked outside a police station in the city of Tianjin has raised eyebrows among residents there. When a journalist from Southern Metropolitan Daily arrived at Binhai District’s Tanggu Road police station where the car was parked, her requests for an interview was rebuffed by the duty officer who said he could not reveal his chief’s cell phone number, and that “you can say whatever you like about it on the internet.” Well, she went back to her office, put up what he said on the paper’s Weibo, and the tweet has since been shared close to 4,000 times.
The Tianjin police force would not be the first in the world to deploy BMW Mini police cars. Earlier this year, the police in Woodcliff, New Jersey, used a Mini Cooper to promote its “DON’T TXT & DRIVE” safety campaign.
The small-sized premium luxury is currently priced between RMB225,000 and RMB359,000 in China.