An Arizona woman was shocked when she found a note written in Chinese inside of a purse that she purchased from Walmart.
Laura Wallace said her mother-in-law purchased a purse from Walmart in Sierra Vista with a gift card that she had received. When she searched the purse, she noticed there was a handwritten note written in Chinese.
“It actually stated that the person who wrote that was a prisoner in China,” she said, “basically what their situation was and how they work long hours, 14 hours a day. And they don’t have a lot to eat.”
“I’m very sure that that’s exactly what the note says,” Wallace said.
Wallace said she didn’t want to single out Walmart, but thought it was necessary to raise awareness.
“I don’t have the means or the access to help in any way. So I think this was my way of putting in my two cents,” she said. “I don’t want this to be an attack on any store … That’s not the answer. This is happening at all kinds of places, and people just probably don’t know.”
Walmart issued a statement, saying that it was impossible to verify the legitimacy of the note, but added that “all work should be voluntary as indicated in our standards for suppliers.”
The translated note reads:
“Inmates in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China, are working 14 hours daily with no break/rest at noon, continue working overtime until 12 midnight, and whoever doesn’t finish his work will be beaten.”
“Their meals are without oil and salt. Every month, the boss pays the inmate 2000 yuan. Any additional dishes will be finished by the police. If the inmates are sick and need medicine, the cost will be deducted from the salary,” the note continued.
“Prison in China is unlike prison in America, horse cow goat pig dog (literally, means inhumane treatment),” the note concluded.
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