A video has surfaced online showing staff at a Chinese bank being publicly spanked for poor performance during a training session.
The video shows a trainer asking eight employees why they did not “exceed themselves” at training.
He then spanks them with what looks like a stick. Reports say he later also cut and shaved their hair.
The incident took place at a training session for more than 200 employees at Changzhi Zhangze Rural Commercial Bank in northern China.
The trainer has issued an apology, saying the spanking was “a training model I have tried for years” and had not been instigated by executives at the bank.
The bank’s chairman and deputy governor have been suspended for “failing to strictly check the content of the course”, while employees will receive help seeking compensation from the training company.