- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Police in China have come under fire for blowing through $32,000 of taxpayer money in two years for thrice-monthy haircuts for each officer.

The Luohu District police in Shenzen have been asked to curb their haircut spending, United Press International reported. But the department’s leadership says its 2,170 officers need to abide strict grooming standards, and the haircut money is necessary.

“We are in a special industry that demands a very strict hairstyle,” a spokesman for the force said, UPI reported. “Three times a month is perfectly reasonable.”

But villagers say otherwise. The New Express Daily reported that many residents say the $32,000 is “barber welfare,” despite the fact that it only amounts to about $2 per cut. They demand the police scale back its haircut spending, UPI reported.

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