We always hear stories about governments wasting taxpayer money, but the United Kingdom has taken it a step further.
According to reports, the UK government spent a staggering $333,000 on a bridge for mice.
You read that correctly, they spent $333,000 on a bridge for rodents.
This exclusive bridges were built throughout the town of Pontypridd in Wales and were designed to help the mice safely cross the roads.
“Dormice are easily predated upon, they tend to travel in the tops of trees,” Rose Revera, a wildlife officer, told the BBC. “If a road goes through a wood or shrub land it causes a huge barrier they cannot cross. If they are not able to move they are more vulnerable.”
Not only is this a huge waste of taxpayer money, the bridges tend to have short lifespans. In 2016, a storm knocked one of these bridges down, causing it to land on a driver, injuring him in the process.
Rather than abandon the project, the government demanded that it be fixed.
“When the council should have been looking to cut out waste and find savings, local taxpayers have every right to question how this was ever signed off,” lamented John O’Connell, leader of the Taxpayers’ Alliance group.
“Their intentions might have been good but £190,000 (roughly $243,000) is a huge sum of money and surely the council could have found far-cheaper ways of doing the same thing,” O’Connell continued.
Critics have even questioned whether the mice were using the bridges in the first place. If this claim turns out to be true, the individuals who approved of this plan should have to reimburse the taxpayers in full.