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Archive for April 7th, 2010

You Decide, Riding in China

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Chinese Even Fake Coupons, and Then Bitch When Promotion is Cancelled

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

This place is a trip. Here is the skinny on the story below.  KFC ran a promotion, probably worth maybe 2-3 U$ per meal. All the Chinese had to do was to print a coupon and redeem it, much like we in the rest of the world do on a daily or weekly basis- it really presents no problem, but then again like they ssay here, “It is China.”

So, they run the promo and people are redeeming coupons before they have been officially released ( something like that, the piece is not clear). But in a nutshell, the Chinese faked the coupons worth a few US dollars, and KFC shut down the promo 3 days early. The Chinese were up in arms, they actually sat at the KFC demanding their food, police had to be called. Now, if you live in China, you would not be surprised, after all, Jackie Chan has said that these people cant handle democracy, but for someone overseas, this may seem as low class and ridiculous. But, you have to remember , this is China.  Now, it makes a bit more sense to see companies like Godaddy, Google, Dell, and others pulling up their stakes, and the US getting closer to India.

chinadaily excerpt:

SHANGHAI – KFC, the US fast food giant, is under widespread criticism in China after it cancelled a promotional activity on Tuesday, claiming that some customers had fake coupons.

The restaurant chain had planned to issue three types of coupons at 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm on Tuesday to the first 100 netizens who registered at each interval through its official Chinese website.

The coupons were supposed to be accepted through Friday and copies of them were also allegedly intended to be valid.

However, starting at 2 pm on Tuesday, customers who wanted to use the coupons in KFC stores across the country were told the promotion had been stopped following an order from its China headquarters.

Some customers in Nanjing, Beijing and Shanghai had bitter quarrels with KFC staff, resulting in police rushing to the scene to maintain order.

The cancellation was due to fake coupons, KFC China said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the company, at 10 am on Tuesday 100 netizens successfully retrieved the first round of coupons. But before the second and third round of activities began in the afternoon, stores across the country had already received many customers with the additional two types of coupons.

A preliminary investigation revealed that some other websites had made these two coupons available for downloading without the authorization of KFC China, the statement said.

The company claimed it had made it clear in its promotion that only coupons issued by its official websites would be valid.

“KFC has reported the case to local police and we’ll cooperate with the investigation,” the statement said. “KFC is sorry for the disturbance. If consumers insist that their coupons are from official sources, they are required to show evidence.”

However, the explanation failed to satisfy the disappointed customers. At a KFC store on Wujiang road in Shanghai on Wednesday, about 30 customers whose coupons were rejected sat on tables waiting for an explanation, while a McDonald’s delivery boy was called in with their lunch.

“The McDonald’s delivery was ordered on purpose, in protest to the unfair treatment we received,” said a customer who declined to be named.

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Living and Working in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

In China they stare at you. I dont know if it is considered impolite in their culture, but as you are a foreigner , have white skin and are about a foot taller than most, you will get stared at, a lot! It is worse on the buses and trains.

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Chinese Golfer Wins in Chendgdu

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

But then again, who gives a shit..

“China’s leading pro-golfer Liang Wenchong emerged victorious today at the Chengdu Open, capturing the $1 million prize. As local and national golf fans celebrate his victory over a formidable Korean competitor, they set their sights much higher” chengdutimes

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Dylan to China- “Now You Suck!”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

HONG KONG (AFP) – Bob Dylan has cancelled several legs of an Asian tour after Beijing refused to give him permission to perform in China, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Dylan originally planned to play in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, following his multi-city tour of Japan last month, the Sunday Morning Post said

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Power of the Internet

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

Now I see why China is so fearful of the net. They commit so many atrocities that they cant possibly cover them all up. There are so many small fires that they cannot focus on all of them so focus on the big ones. For instance, any pissed off farmer now has a venue
from which to vent and expose the truth- something that the ruling communist party has never had to face, nor the ancient emperors. Thus, they have merely resulted to blocking the big stuff, taking care of it, and the little things slip through the cracks.
For instance, the son of the current president was caught in a bribery scandal, but it was blocked all throughout China.

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China to Britain- Quite Complianing, We will Execute Him Anyway

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

from chinatoday.com

China has warned Britain that it must stop its fierce condemnation of the execution of Akmal Shaikh for drug smuggling, or risk harming diplomatic ties between the two countries (Telegraph, UK)

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Dumb Idea- Ancient Chinese Wedding

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

The guy probably went along wtih this to avoid a fight, but wtf? I guess they were tyring to engender a feeling of awareness of Chinese culture, but basically, in a couple of years will look at the photos and think, damn what dorks!

china daily:
“Groom Wu Fan (L) and bride Zhang Yan in red traditional costumes parade through the street during their wedding ceremony in Langzhou, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, March 31, 2010. Both Wu and Zhang finished their education in Germany, and they hoped to promote awareness of traditional Chinese culture with this ceremony, local media reported.[Photo/CFP]”

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Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

This must be another shot that I took while bored. I did a splendid job of basically showing you nothing….

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Killing the Ocean

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 7, 2010

“The Chinese-owned, 230m-long bulk coal carrier Shen Neng 1, ran aground about 70km east of Great Keppel Island shortly after 5pm (AEST) on Saturday. The vessel hit the reef at full speed in a restricted zone of the reef, 15km outside the shipping lane. It’s carrying 950 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and 65,000 tonnes of coal.”

In Beijing they are not reporting the accident as of right now.

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