Seeing as the upcoming World Cup games in Brazil will end up airing in China between midnight and early morning, a number of die-hard Chinese soccer fans are now seeking forged doctor notes to get out of work the next day and to avoid the “disastrous” schedule.
The market for fake certificates is booming as the World Cup’s first game approaches (kicks off on June 13 with Brazil playing against Croatia). To feed the demand, about a dozen online stores have specialized in this market on Taobao.com.
According to the SCMP:
Prices range from 10 yuan (HK$12.60) to as much as 300 yuan […]
One seller of blank notes claimed they were genuine papers from Beijing’s Peking Union Medical College Hospital […].
“Just fill it out with symptoms such as fever or colds. It will do the trick,” Zhang [the seller] said.
That store alone sold more than 442 doctor’s notes in the past week, according to Taobao’s transaction-tracking function.
Beijing’s Peking Union Medical College Hospital and other medical institutions obviously aren’t really condoning the idea. They qualify this market as a “travesty, saying real doctors’ notes cannot possibly be obtained outside hospitals,” according to SCMP.
What the report fails to mention, however, is that the selling of blank notes isn’t really an unprecedented ordeal. It happens for every World Cup…
Oh, and fake FIFA World Cups are a thing, too.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via the SCMP]