Most Americans don’t give much thought to where many of the products they buy come from. We vaguely understand that most of the stuff we buy from major retailers are largely manufactured in China, by people who aren’t as wealthy as us. Every now and then however, we come face to face with the conditions those workers endure to deliver cheap goods to American shores.
A woman from Sierra Vista, Arizona understands those conditions, after her mother-in-law bought a purse for her from a local Walmart. Inside the purse was a folded letter with Chinese characters written on it. When translated it 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. Prison in China is unlike prison in America, horse cow goat pig dog (literally, means inhumane treatment).”
After her find was reported to the local news, Walmart issued a statement that reads:
“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.”
This isn’t the first time that notes like this have been found in products that were made in China. A similar note was found in a Halloween decoration back in 2013.
Daniel Lang is a researcher and staff writer for The Daily Sheeple – Wake The Flock Up!