Overheard in the comment section of our earlier story on the Chongqing cooking oil stampede was the opinion that the pushing and shoving here in Shanghai is much worse than in Chongqing. Agreed. We see so many potential stampedes happening here everyday and wonder why more people are not getting tromped to death on a daily basis here. But this story by the Financial Times tells us a similar cooking oil stampede that occurred right here in Shanghai two weeks ago, at Tesco’s (which we have confirmed from other sources to be the one in Baoshan district). Fortunately, nobody died in that stampede, but 19 people, mostly housewives, did need immediate treatment at the hospital.
To stop more cooking oil stampedes from spreading around the country like wild fire, the Ministry of Commerce has rushed to regulate. From now on, “time-limited sales promotions” are banned. We may not be the greatest marketing expert in the world, but seriously, are there any sales promotions on this side of heaven that is NOT time-bound? Can anyone enlighten us on what exactly is banned under the new regulation?
Photo from fangbiansile.