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Angry Chinese Workers Humiliate Boss Into Paying them

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 18, 2010


Here is a story from Henan- China’s most populace province. Apparently these migrant workers, which in China means they are from another province, were upset with their boss for not paying them their wages due. So, being normal Chinese citizens, they realized that the only rational thing to do is to publicly humiliate him into paying them, or doing what was morally right. So, the Chinese guys tied up the boss and paraded him around the streets explaining he’d not paid his bills (about U$ 120 per person).
A few observations
-Chinese have been doing this form thousands of years, maybe its why they have little use for laws
-the cultural revolution perfected this humiliation schema
-living in China is like being in Hooterville, you just don’t know what will happen next

excerpt chinadaily
” Three migrant workers demanded their overdue wage by tying up their labor contractor and parading him around on a street in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan province on Sunday, the Dahe Daily reported Monday.
The employer, surnamed Zhao, hired the three workers for 100 yuan ($14.77) a day but failed to pay them for nine days.

“I got no salary, either. My boss informed us we would get paid yesterday afternoon, but he paid nothing and left us,” Zhao said.Out of anger, the workers tied Zhao’s wrists with wire and showed him in public to prevent him from running away, according to one of the salary demanders.”

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