Anyone who’s visited China is probably well-aware that English words are commonly incorporated in street fashion. Sometimes this appears as a novelty shirt targeting douchey Western college students, often the buyer has no idea what it says, and the heartbreaking result is an eight-year-old kid walking down the streets of Beijing in a “Too Drunk to Fuck” t-shirt.
T-shirts and caps with expletives splashed across them have stirred up debate online after they were photographed at a mall in Luoyang, Henan. Apparently, many shoppers were unaware of the meaning of the English words printed on the products.
A local resident surnamed Guo said he was shopping with his son at the mall when he spotted a baseball cap that he thought looked good.
His son wouldn’t let him buy it for him, and later explained to his dad the meaning of the hat, emblazoned with the phrase “Fuck You Pay Me”. When an employee at the store was asked if she knew the meaning of the words printed on the cap, she also had no idea.
Some netizens reported seeing t-shirts with phrases like “Sex for Money” and “Hey Bitch” printed on them, and many commented that garments like this would most likely never be worn in any English-speaking country.
Reporters also found a white kid-sized t-shirt with the word “SEXY” printed across it at a children’s clothing store.
According to China’s Consumer Protection law, when costumers buy goods and services, they are ‘entitled to be treated with dignity’. National customs and traditions are to be respected as well. Under the protection of the law, consumers are allowed to return the product if vulgar or offensive words are found printed on them.
Unfortunately in some cases, no one ever bothers to tell them.
By Crystal Lau
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