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

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Workers at a Chinese home renovation company who failed to complete their tasks had to drink urine, eat cockroaches or get whipped by a belt. The video also showed staff drinking cups of yellow liquid, which is reportedly urine.

Police are investigating the company in Guizhou province after videos of the incidents were posted on social media, the Zunyi Public Security Bureau said on its Weibo account.

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.

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.

Screenshots of the managers threatening staff to eat cockroaches for poor performance also emerged.

Police added that the punishment was for employees who did not meet sales targets and that the managers involved were suspected of "openly insulting individuals" - a crime under Chinese law.

"If the sales goal has not been met by the end of this month, the team leader will have to eat three cockroaches for each failed sale", one text message read.

According to the report, staff were subjected to a range of freaky punishments, including being forced to eat mustard, eat insects, drink water that had socks in it and having their head shaved.

According to the South China Morning Post, citing Pear Video, staff had not been paid in two months and were reluctant to leave without first receiving their back pay.

Police in Zunyi county police arrested three managers and they were later sentenced to jail time.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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