A short video of a Chinese woman making mischief inside a Lotte Mart in Shenyang has managed to make netizens feel at least a little bit of sympathy for the beleaguered South Korean consortium.
In order to express her outrage at the company for its decision to provide the Seoul government with the land to build the US-backed THAAD missle defense system, the woman is seen wreaking some minor havoc on the supermarket’s foodstuffs, smashing up boxes of instant noodles, ripping open packaging and sampling snacks. She then signs off by giving a “Lotte Mart” sign the middle finger as a patriotic song plays on in the background.
The video was uploaded to the popular live streaming platform Kuaishou (快手) where it spread across Chinese social media yesterday, outraging web users.
“Boycott Korean goods? First boycott this moron,” reads the top comment on one Weibo thread on the video.
“This so-called patriotism is just vandalism in disguise,” echoed another commenter.
The footage has also caught the attention of local police who have launched an investigation into the incident, calling the woman’s actions both “stupid and wrong.”
You can watch the video below:
Of course, one woman opening some packaging and drinking some juice is likely the least of Lotte’s worries right now. Spurred on by state media editorials, the company has become the target of Chinese nationalism with “patriotic” dancing aunties protesting in front of their stores and primary school kids being indoctrinated against their foodstuffs. Meanwhile, over half of their outlets in China have been temporarily shut down by the Chinese government, ostensibly over fire code violations.
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