Workers forced to eat bitter gourd after not meeting sales target

Workers forced to eat bitter gourd after not meeting sales target

The list of things some employers make their workers do in China has reached a bitter new low.

40 employees in a firm in China were made to eat bitter gourd as punishment for not meeting their weekly sales target.

According to Chinese media reports, the management at Leshang Decorations Corporation, located in the Chongqing province, came up with the cruel punishment to motivate the workers.

Employees who were unable to swallow the vegetable and spat it back out, were reportedly forced to eat even more bitter gourd. Photos circulating on the Internet also reveal employees being entertained by their colleagues' bitter misfortune.

Shanghaiist reported that according to an inside source, Leshang Decorations Corporation ordered bitter gourds in bulk to punish their employees.

One of the punished workers also told People's Daily that she had been subjected to other forms of punishment before, including being made to do push-ups, squats and running around her office building multiple times.

According to labour laws in China, employers are reportedly held accountable for any damage inflicted on their workers. 

This is not the first instance of workplace abuse in China. 

A Chinese motivational trainer spanked eight employees from the Shaanxi Changzhi Zhangzhe Agricultural and Commerce Bank onstage at a hotel banquet hall for "not working hard enough".

The disturbing incident occurred while the victims' colleagues were seated below the stage. 

The trainer proceeded to hit the victims on their buttocks four times. Local media reports also stated that the trainer had cut the female employees' hair and shaved the male employees' heads.  

Boss in China publicly smacks employees' buttocks

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    The wrongdoers are lined up in a row, and the superior lectures them before spanking them across the buttocks in the hopes of teaching them a lesson.

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    It sounds like a school public caning, but in fact was the punishment dished out by a Chinese boss to employees for "not working hard enough".

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    According to Sina News, the incident happened on June 18.

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    In the video, the eight workers, four male and four female, are lined up on the stage of a hotel banquet hall, while their other colleagues are seated at tables in a banquet hall.

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    They are employees at the Shanxi Changzhi Zhangzhe Agricultural and Commerce Bank, Huanqiu.net reported.

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    The boss addresses the crowd and each of the workers on stage, before beginning his attack with what appears to be a large wooden stick.

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    He hits each of them across their buttocks four times before the video ends, and they can be heard crying out in pain.

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    At one point, one woman can be seen almost falling over in pain as the boss hits her.

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    When she tries to protect herself, the boss then shouts "move your hands away", before again whacking her.

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    Footage of the shocking incident was posted online and circulated quickly on Chinese social media.

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Previously, workers from a car rental company in China crawled on all fours on a street after failing to meet their sales target.

In this particular incident though, the employees reportedly did it voluntarily after finding out that their boss intended to take responsibility himself and crawl on the street.

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