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Chinese staff forced to drink urine and eat roaches

Chinese firm’s punishment on staff for low sales — whipping, drinking urine, eating cockroaches Chinese firm forces staff to drink urine, eat cockroaches because they didn’t meet sales targets
Deanna Wagner | 08 November, 2018, 09:56

The managers of a Chinese home decor company were jailed after being accused of forcing employees to drink urine and endure other indignities for failing to make sales targets, local media reported on Wednesday.

Police took action after videos emerged showing workers being whipped with a belt and drinking a yellow liquid. The hashtag "employees who failed to meet their goals forced to drink urine" has since been viewed nearly 540,000 times.

The video, filmed in southwestern China's Guizhou Province on October 30, shows a worker standing in the middle of what appears to be an office meeting room being whipped by one of the managers.

Some footage of the alleged beatings shows a topless man being flogged in front of his colleagues with a belt, while other clips show people drinking conspicuous yellow liquid.

Also, managers of the firm were discovered threatening staff via text messages.

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The video was viewed more than 500,000 times, as per Zunyi Yaowen via South China Morning Post last November 5, with screenshots of the video continuing to be spread after the original post was taken down.

According to media reports, other forms of shaming and punishment at the firm have included drinking toilet water or vinegar and getting their head shaved.

Netizens have questioned why the staff did not resign after being subjected to such maltreatment, but one employee shared via Pear Video that they were owed two months' pay by the firm. The person also alleged that the company had threatened to reduce their severance pay if they quit.

Beijing bans independent labour organising, trade unions and workers from going on strike.