It’s not often that a purse comes as anything more than empty, but one Walmart shopper got more than the manufacturer of her purse probably bargained for.
Well, this really brings a whole new and depressing meaning to the tagline, “what’s in your wallet?”
From Fox News, emphasis added is mine:
A woman in Arizona said she made a stunning discovery inside a new purse she bought at a Walmart: A note apparently written by a desperate prisoner in China.
Laura Wallace found the message, written in Chinese, tucked inside the zipper compartment of the purse she purchased at a Sierra Vista Walmart, KVOA reported.
Wallace had a Chinese-speaking person translate the note to English. The letter read:
“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. Prison in China is unlike prison in America, horse cow goat pig dog (literally, means inhumane treatment).”
Two other people translated the note to make sure the message was accurate, Wallace added.
Remember this when millennial snowflakes and their liberal overlords in Washington DC prattle on about the civil right of being paid a “living wage” of $15-20 per hour. All while buying the same types of products made under the same or similar conditions in countries they either don’t care about or can’t wait to do business with. (to be fair the GOP hasn’t done a whole lot about this either).
Slavery has been in existence since always, so I don’t know what an immediate remedy would be to something like this (there really isn’t one). The real solution is the establishment of a government that secures liberty and human rights, something that’s not at all in China’s vocabulary, so much so that the oppression they live with is pretty much part of their cultural DNA. All the same, it’s disquieting to know just how complicit we are in what happens in countries when we buy their products.
“I don’t want this to be an attack on any store,” Wallace said. “That’s not the answer. This is happening at all kinds of places and people just probably don’t know.”
Walmart issued a statement to KVOA on the incident. “We can’t comment specifically on this note, because we have no way to verify the origin of the letter, but one of our requirements for the suppliers who supply products for sale at Walmart is all work should be voluntary as indicated in our Standards for Suppliers.”
Similar notes reportedly have turned up in items sold at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and K-Mart in the past.
Considering how it seems like virtually everything we buy these days is made in countries where these conditions are tragically taken for granted by the people who live there, it makes “made in America” and “buy American” a lot more meaningful than a vote-getting political platitude.