Urine in cups being given to workers
The first two of the four sins which cry out to Heaven for vengeance are the willful murder of the innocent and the sin of Sodom. The last two are economic in nature, which are oppressing the widow and the orphan, and the deprivation of the working man of his justly earned wages.
The latter was exemplified in a recent story exposing the working conditions in a Chinese factory, where workers were “punished” by being forced to drink urine, drink out of a toilet bowl, eat cockroaches, have their heads shaved, or lose a month’s salary:
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.
Others had to shave their heads or drink water from a toilet bowl and had their salaries withheld by a month, according to images and videos on Chinese social media cited by state media.
The punishments were all publicly meted out in the presence of other staff, state media said, citing workers who had quit the company in the southwestern province of Guizhou.
Forgetful staff who did not wear leather shoes to work or failed to turn up in formal attire were given 50 yuan (US$7.20) fines.
Their misdemeanours were duly recorded in little, white slips.
But most staff chose to stay despite the punishments, which started this year, state media said.
Three managers at the company were jailed from five to 10 days on the charge of humiliating others, according to a social media post by the local public security bureau.
Labour conditions in China have often been described by activists as harsh and unforgiving, with workers having to work excessive hours and live in cramped quarters on meagre wages.