Carrefour is in a bit of trouble again — but not the same sort of trouble as what happened a few months ago. This time, its Nanjing outlet has been caught by regulators for “illegally” using the Olympic rings and the Five Friendlies together with its own logo in the store. A store manager clarified that the store had done so to show their support for the Beijing Olympics, but “clearly there were a few things that we failed to consider and if so, we are happy to correct them”. As a regulator explained, every instance of the use of an Olympic emblem has to be approved by BOCOG and no approval had been granted to Carrefour. Earlier this year, shortly after the anti-Carrefour riots, the French retailer’s Beijing outlets were also quick to “show support” for the Beijing Olympics by having their staff wear caps with the Olympic rings — only to get rapped soon after for “illegal usage”.
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