An official in Hebei got off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist after a seven-minute-long video showed him lying down on a bed in a drunken state as he met with petitioners went viral.
Han Zhengshu, a senior official at the local Safety Supervision Bureau, was served nothing more than a notice criticizing his lazy behavior by the Discipline Inspection Commission, who later told reporters that the case was dealt with according to law.
Wang Zhiliang, a petitioner, told the Nanfang Metropolis Daily in an interview that he visited the official to file a complaint as land he owned downstream of an ore refining plant was becoming polluted by the factory’s effluent.
Wang said that upon arrival at around 2 p.m., he saw Han lying on a bed. His face was completely red as if he had been drinking. After a brief conversation, Han told him that it wasn’t his responsibility and he should find another department to talk to. Dissatisfied with the way he was treated, Wang posted a video of their encounter up onto social media.
After coming to the attention of seniors at the Discipline Inspection Commission, an investigation was carried out into the incident. Han was given a notice criticizing his behavior and a written warning. Wang was reported not to be happy about the relatively mild punishment the official had received.
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By Lucy Liu
[Images via ifeng // Video via Tencent]