On the 11th of October in the Shandong city of Jining (济宁市), a female secretary at a local intermediate court physically assaulted a 50-year-old female manager at a children’s photography studio, during an argument over costs.
Speaking from a full-body cast at the Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical College, the assaulted manager of the store Ms. Han explained that the woman (who was accompanied by another male) became irate when she wasn’t being cut a special deal:
“She wanted a 299RMB package of photographs, which we don’t have. Our lowest price is 399RMB, and finally she chose a 499RMB package. But besides everything included in that package, she wanted us to give her extras. Since we’re a chain, we can’t just do that sort of thing, and that’s why she got upset.”
After Ms. Han called 110 (the number to dial for police), the alleged secretary said to her, “I am 110, I’m with the intermediate court!”
The attacking woman’s exact identity still remains a mystery. An investigative team recorded a deputy director at a local police station, saying the mystery woman was definitely a secretary with an intermediate court. Furthermore:
“The council forensics team explained it like this: the injury had to be kept secret. This was suggested, it wasn’t directly ordered…following national customs, we couldn’t examine [Ms. Han] for injuries.”
In tears, Ms. Han professed exasperation that an official meant to serve the public could treat her so poorly:
“Why did she hit me? Truthfully, the thing I can’t stand is, she’s working in a government department, she definitely knows we’re common folk, you have to help us uphold fairness!”
And just to note, when we secretary, we don’t mean the kind that takes calls and flirts with their boss. A secretary (书记) in China is a pretty high-up government position, and one prevalent in all manner of public institutions. The ultimate secretary is none other than Hu Jintao himself, the General Secretary of the Communist Party.