An Arizona woman found a sad note written by a prison laborer from China inside a purse she bought at Walmart.
Laura Wallace found the message tucked inside the zipper compartment of the purse she bought at a Sierra Vista Walmart, written in Chinese, reported The Daily Mail.
Wallace had the letter translated 3 times to ensure its accuracy. 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. 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).”
Wallace said she wanted to share the note to bring awareness to the situation and hopefully help the people in that terrible situation.
“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 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 suppliers is all work should be voluntary as indicated in our Standards for Suppliers.”
Similar notes have turned up in items sold at stores including Saks Fifth Avenue and K-Mart.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)