When an Arizona woman bought a purse from Wal-Mart in Sierra Vista, the last thing she likely expected to find was a note from a prisoner in China. But that's exactly what Laura Wallace discovered, and now it's making major headlines.
According to a video by AZ Family, the note was written in Chinese, and Wallace translated it three times to make sure what she was reading was legitimate: The writer said he or she is being held as prisoner in the country, forced to work an egregious 14 hours a day. The person is apparently given limited access to food or medical care.
Fox News reports the letter reads as follows:
"Inmates in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China are working 14 hours daily with no break/rest at noon, continue working overtime 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)."
Wallace is unsure how to assist the prisoner, but she's hoping the viral nature of the news will aid him in some way.
Walmart has since issued a statement, Fox News reports:
"We can't comment specifically on this note, because we have no way to verify the origin of the letter, but 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."
It's strange the corporate behemoth refuses to comment on the letter, instead shying away from its frightening contents with something of a non-answer.
Fingers crossed the letter prompts a rescue mission, and in the near future.
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