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Outrage at spending on nude waitresses

OFFICIALS who spent public money at a Hunan Province hotel that offers nude waitresses have caused outrage.

By Sunday evening, 12 receipts posted on had attracted 220,000 hits and 1,800 comments. Many linked it to the case of the official killed by a waitress in Hunan's neighboring Hubei Province recently. Both scandals have sparked concern about government officials' lavish spending on entertainment and pornographic services, yesterday's New Culture newspaper reported.

Local disciplinary authorities have launched an investigation and have promised to publish the results, the Changchun-based newspaper said.

The Web posting showed 12 receipts for a variety of bath services at the Wangsheng Hotel in Qidong County. The hotel is a designated venue for the county's Hongqi Reservoir management office to entertain clients and government officials.

The receipts detailed services provided to local financial and water authority officials, including nude waitresses.

The receipts, from a few hundred yuan to more than 1,000 (US$146), were paid by reservoir officials, mostly by Li Guanghui, the reservoir's former Party secretary, and Xiao Bing, the former office manager.

Li has been moved to another department and Xiao has retired, the reservoir's current Party secretary, Chen Xuefeng, said.

Chen told the New Culture the Hongqi reservoir was in financial difficulties.

Its gross profit of less than 10 million yuan a year made it difficult to cover salaries of its 340 workers.


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