Woman Finds Chilling Note Inside Walmart Purse

A woman in Arizona was stunned when she discovered a note inside a purse purchased from her local Walmart from a Chinese "prisoner" who was forced to help manufacture her purse.

The purse, which was bought at a Wal-Mart in Sierra Vista, Arizona, had a note stuck deep in a zippered pocket. Christel Wallace says she found the note several months later. Laura Wallace, her daughter-in-law, then posted it on Facebook in late April and had it translated.

Laura Wallace says she had the note translated and it "stated that the person who wrote that was a prisoner in China. Basically what their situation was and how they work long hours, 14 hours a day. And they don't have a lot to eat."

Keep in mind that the note from the Chinese prisoner was translated by three people and all were very close.

See a translated version of the note below:

"Inmates in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China are working 14 hours daily with no break/rest at noon, continue working overtimes until 12 midnight, and whoever doesn't finish his work will be beaten. Their meals are without oil and salt. Every month, 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)."

A spokesperson for the retail giant asked Wallace to contact the company to help them "verify the letter's authenticity."

"[W]e take allegations like this seriously," Ragan Dickens, Walmart’s director of national media relations, commented. "With the limited information we now have, it is difficult to verify the letter’s authenticity."

Dickens also pointed out that Walmart has strict requirements for its suppliers: "I can tell you that one of our requirements for the suppliers who supply products for sale at Walmart is all work should be voluntary as indicated in our Standards for Suppliers.”

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photos: Flickr/Walmart, Twitter

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