Tao Yi, a senior tax official from Guangxi province, has become embroiled in scandal after the creepy ‘love-affair contract’ he signed with his mistress leaked online. The contract is somewhat bizarre but mostly hilarious, and reads as though written by a tax official who is unable to spark his own
erection mojo without written bureaucratic approval.
It’s widely known that Chinese officials like to keep a mistress or two (or a few hundred) but rarely have we seen love written out in poetic contractual clauses, as The Telegraph illuminates:
If either signatory fails to honour those commitments or causes “mental distress” to the other, a fine of 10,000 yuan (around £1,000) will be levied.
Furthermore, Ms Fan [as the woman is referred] shall not “interfere with the man’s work and family or she will face punishment,” the contract says.
For his part, Mr Tao agrees to “take care of the woman’s living costs” as appropriate.
Perhaps most bizarrely, the contract stipulates that if either party wishes to terminate the affair they must give formal written notice.
“Surely, the official is aware that this love-affair contract is not protected by law,” wrote one flabbergasted user of the Weibo micro-blog on Monday.
Mr. Tao has, presumably, written to his immediate superior to request permission “to be scared shitless that my mistress contract leaked.”