By Jean Cao Junchen
A Jiangsu government official knelt down in front of a crowd of angry locals and begged for their forgiveness after it was revealed that he had been using public funds on a luxurious meal in a restaurant, Xinhua reports.
A photo of the official, who was linked with the Binjiang industrial park in Taizhou, has sparked an outcry on the internet after the event reportedly took place on Friday night.
Local residents said they saw luxury cars driving in and out of the industrial park every day. Some people found out an official and some civil servants were drinking high-end baijiu and enjoying an expensive meal last Friday, after which a crowd of hundreds of angry locals gathered around the restaurant to shame the official.
The local authorities promised to investigate the case.
China launched new regulations last year forbidding officials from spending public funds on entertainment and luxurious meals.