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Beijing Allows Kidnap of US Businessman Chip Starnes

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 26, 2013

China is to law as China is to justice, a farce. Right now as we speak American Chip Starnes is being held against his will, ie kidnapped in Beijing and nothing is being done about it.

Starnes is the co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies which is run out of Florida. The man came to China to check on his operations here and is now being held hostage, I am not joking.

What happened was that he laid off some workers and was ‘forced’ to pay them an unusually high severance. This is antithetical to Chinese law as he should only pay one month for each year of service for work up to 2012 and a pittance for this year. It is alleged that the local police forced him to pay above and beyond what the law stipulated and fearing he’d be the next Ai Wei Wei or Liu Xiaobo, he complied.

What happened next was that the other locust Chinese workers revolted and demanded the sweet severance package, even though they had not been laid off. The rumor was that Starnes was moving to India so the Chinese rioted and are now holding him hostage.

Mr Starnes is not free to leave his own company and is being watched over by the workers. Instead of Beijing going in with guns blazing, they are allowing the kidnapping to occur. They have said that Starnes’ being held against his will is not actually ‘kidnapping’ but a ‘labor dispute’.

Hmm, so if holding one against one’s will in a place and not allowing him to leave is not kidnapping then what is?

Merriam Webster defines kidnapping as ‘to seize and detain or carry away by unlawful force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom’. Lets see if this case meets the bar
1- Starnes has been illegally seized, so that meets the requirment
2-Starnes’ workers are demanding ‘severance’ when they were not even ‘severed’. Thus, to demand such a payment does appear to be ransmon. After all, if Starnes does not pay, then they will not let him go.

From a legal standpoint, the Chinese do not have a leg to stand on. Starnes had not liquidated them so he owed them nothing. In addition, he was coerced to pay extra to those he did liquidate. The people holding him hostage are demanding an equal pay even though they do not merit it.

If Starnes pays the 100 hostage takers the exorbitant amount his company will perish.

So what does the US and Obama do? Nothing

Aside from bringing him sugar cookies and tea, they say they cannot help Starnes.

Ok so lets do it this way. Lets say some Chinese businessman aka thief, goes to the US to set up a company. Then lets say that the workers get upset for some reason. Now suppose that the workers revolt and take him hostage and do not allow him to leave his plant. The boss has no personal freedom and is being watched over and cannot go.

If this were to happen, what would the Chicoms say? What would our government say? What would any civilized country say?

But of course this is douchebag China which has no real laws to speak of. The only times laws apply is when foreigners are involved. So, when around 25% of all migrant laborers get screwed out of wages each year, it is no big deal, after all, they just bribe the communist. But when an American does it, the guy gets kidnapped.

Google this case, read up on it, and spread the word. China is collapsing, ATMs have no money, unemployment is up and the anger is palpable. It will soon ‘Mt Vesuvius’ and crystallize some of the crustaceans leading this hole.

See what you can do to lower your China footprint and be part of the solution….

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