An employer in Taizhou, Zhejiang province has attracted heaps of online criticism after news got out that he’d forced all of his employees to take part in a funeral procession for his deceased mother-in-law, and even threatened to make a reduction from their salaries if they didn’t make an appearance.
According to a China Daily report, every employee at the company was required to dress in a white shirt (kindly provided by the boss, at least) and to attend the burial ceremony to lament for the dead, whether or not they knew the lady.
Those who failed to show up and grieve for his dead mother-in-law would receive a fine of 200 yuan for their absenteeism.
As you can expect, the story has stirred up a firestorm on social media.
“This boss is way too dominant. He should be seriously punished for his conduct,” web user 情思千里缘 wrote.
“He doesn’t have the right to ask his employees to do this, does he?” 张彬321 asked.
According to CCTV journalist Liu Bo, probably not. “This matter is getting big now,” Liu wrote. “Boss, you’ve mishandled this situation. The local government will start carrying out investigation about you soon. ”
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Guangming.net]