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08 November 2018, 07:17 | Glen Norman
Chinese firm forces staff to drink urine, eat cockroaches because they didn’t meet sales targets
Three managers of a home improvement firm in southern China have been jailed after they forced staff to drink urine, eat insects and flogged them with belts because they did not meet sales targets, local media reported on Monday.
The appalling events, which took place in Zunyi, Guizhou province, were captured on video and widely distributed on the Chinese social media platform Weibo this week.
Employees who fail to complete their tasks have to drink urine, eat cockroaches.
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The managers previously punished low-achieving employees by forcing them to eat mustard or chilli, according to China News, but penalties have escalated since October to eating cockroaches and receiving beatings with a belt.
Other punishments involved drinking vinegar or toilet water, selling condoms and sanitary pads on the street and having their head shaved, according to other text messages in the post. It also shows people drinking cups of yellow liquid.
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.
In a statement released by police, it was revealed that two of the firm's managers have been jailed for ten days, while another will serve five days in jail.
After the video went viral online, Zunyi police confirmed that three management staff, surnamed Guo, Cai and Huang, had been arrested pending investigation. The employee added that the firm threatened to reduce their severance pay should they resign from their jobs.
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