GUANGXI Wet workout, media storm Photos showing students at a middle school in Yulin being made to perform a group workout in the rain to impress inspectors have outraged internet users, China Youth Daily reports. Some people were particularly annoyed that the inspectors were shown holding an umbrella while the children were unprotected. Propaganda authorities claimed the umbrella was used to protect video equipment owned by a local TV station, and that the officials had visited the school "by accident". The cost of bad driving Civil servants in Nanning who commit traffic violations face demotions and pay cuts under a new local government regulation, Gxnews.com reports. A government employee said he was stunned after the city told him his two parking tickets meant a six-point deduction from his "government credit record". The 54-year-old man later found he had been disqualified from promotion for the next two years. He had also been left out of a salary rise granted to colleagues, the report said. SICHUAN Cold parenting style The parents of a 15-month-old toddler in Chengdu have been accused of torturing their son after neighbours told the police they had seen the child playing outdoors in the winter with no clothes on, the Southern Metropolis News reports. The father, a truck driver, denied abuse, saying this was his method of parenting. He said that his son had once been accidentally scalded by boiling water and that ever since he had stripped the child of any clothes to train his tolerance and endurance. Neighbours said they were confused because the child appeared unfazed and healthy. Police made no arrest. Dirty talk threatens job Salacious messages sent to a colleague by a Sichuan official might have cost him his job, Newssc.org reports. Wang, a deputy transport director in Ziyang , was accused of calling a female coworker his "wife" and asking to bathe with her in a series of exchanges on the internet messaging service QQ. Screenshots appearing to show the chats were uploaded online. The Ziyang government said it was investigating. GUANGDONG Zoo's the loser Developers in Dongguan have built commercial real estate on land intended to host public facilities including a zoo, the Southern Metropolis News reports. Officials in Dongguan responded by vowing to crack down on developers who lie to get planning permission. Flip side of compensation An employer in Zhuhai was so angry after he lost a lawsuit to a former employee that he tried to pay the compensation with 23,000 coins, Nandu.com reports. A court had ruled that the boss should pay the worker 25,000 yuan (HK$31,000). He then showed up in court carrying a plastic bag containing 23,000 one-yuan coins. The judge talked to him for an hour and convinced him to pay through a bank transfer. BEIJING Photo poll: open and shut An online poll shows that most travellers oppose banning photography on subway trains in the capital, The Beijing News reports. More than 1,000 subway users took part in the poll and more than 75 per cent said it was fine to take pictures as long as doing so did not endanger others. A subway staff member said they generally advised riders not to take photos, especially if they were standing in the middle of the carriages. Bank basher blames back A man has been charged with larceny after being caught on CCTV damaging an ATM machine at a bank in the capital, The Beijing News reports. Video footage showed the man smashing the screen of an ATM machine in an attempt to steal its cash. He was arrested within 20 minutes. The man, 26, told a court on Tuesday he needed money to treat his back problems. Prosecutors are seeking a three-year jail sentence. HUBEI Hot and cold lingerie show Freelance models putting on a Victoria's Secret-style lingerie show in rural Yichang this week were inundated with visits by farmers and tourists eager to meet them, Sina News reports. The women strode down makeshift catwalks in a canola field, wowing an audience bundled up in thick winter jackets. The city organised the show to boost tourism. Litter drive hits motorists The city of Wuhan has handed out 200,000 yuan in cash to citizens who reported litter-lout drivers, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. Some 2,835 residents reported violations as part of the city's campaign to cut down on the number of drivers who throw rubbish out of their cars. SHAANXI Police chief's cap in hand A police chief in Ankang is seeking donations from local businessmen to pay back the 300,000 yuan cost of rebuilding his station, destroyed in a landslide in 2008, The Beijing News reports. The police chief said in an open letter that the precinct was in debt because it had borrowed heavily to rebuild the station. He said the debt "weighed 1,000kgs" on the shoulders of the police officers. He promised to disclose the usage of every donation. Progress in murder probe Police say they have made significant progress in the investigation of a triple murder at a residential building in Gaoling county, China Business News reports. Two adults and their three-year-old son were killed on Sunday, with villagers finding a suitcase containing their body parts. Neighbours had alerted police after hearing the boy crying. FUJIAN Barbecue turns bad Thirty-eight students from Fujian University of Technology suffered food poisoning after eating at a barbecue restaurant near the campus on Monday, the Southeast Express reports. All were treated in hospital; 35 have been discharged, three remain under treatment. Police and city regulators were investigating, the report said. Arson: teens' revenge? Two Fuzhou teenagers are suspected of starting a fire in a garage to get revenge on a classmate, the Strait News reports. After fighting with the classmate at school, the pair allegedly walked to his family's garage and set fire to an electric bike he owned. The fire spread and damaged another 24 bikes before it was extinguished. The pair, who have been arrested, faced at least three years in jail if convicted, a lawyer said. JIANGSU Surgeon sold fake Botox A plastic surgeon in Wuxi has been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit medicine, Js.chinanews.com reports. The surgeon admitted that she had been buying Botox on the black market for 100-400 yuan per vial and then selling these vials to clients for between 800 and 3,000 yuan. A farewell to fairs Farmers in Nanjing have been left disappointed after the city cancelled this year's traditional temple fairs over fears they would encourage counterfeit goods, Xinhua Daily reports. The temple fairs traditionally involve farmers celebrating the new year with dances, performances and trade. The temple fairs had been held in Nanjing for the past 500 years, the report said.