Friday, 16 November, 2018

Chinese firm forces employees to drink urine, eat cockroaches over low sales

Drink urine eat cockroaches Chinese company's extreme punishments for missed targets AFP FRANK RUMPENHORST
Jeannette Daniel | 08 November, 2018, 19:15

Managers of a Chinese firm have been jailed for forcing staff to drink urine and eat cockroaches for failing to meet sales targets.

The "extreme punishment", which occurred in Zunyi city in Guizhou province, was captured on video and leaked to social media site Weibo last week, China Youth Daily said.

Previous reports have alleged cases of employees slapping each other at a company event to boost motivation, and staff forced to crawl on a public road or kiss rubbish bins as a punishment or for team building. Footage titled "Employees who failed to meet their goals forced to drink urine" has already been viewed over half a million times on Weibo.

It was later deleted, but screenshots carried by news website Zunyi Yaowen showed text messages apparently sent by managers threatening staff with various punishments if they did not meet sales targets set by the company.

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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.

The three accused managers were jailed for five to 10 days after the incident, reported the South China Morning Post.

According to reports on social media, underperforming staff at the company were also forced to drink toilet water or vinegar, have their heads shaved, or sell condoms on the street.

The company had reportedly failed to pay their employees' salary for the past two months and staff was scared to speak up fearing they would lose the pay if they'd quit. The employee added that the firm threatened to reduce their severance pay should they resign from their jobs.

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