ARIZONA – When a woman shopping for a new pure at walmart found a note, she was horrified.
According to reports, Laura Wallace from Arizona said she made a stunning discovery inside a new purse she bought at a Walmart: A note apparently written by a desperate prisoner in China, reports Fox News.
Wallace found the message, written in Chinese, tucked inside the zipper compartment of the purse she purchased at a Sierra Vista Walmart, KVOA reported.
AOL adds, the woman reportedly had the page translated three times, and each time the message was same.
KVOA notes that according to the woman, the writer, a self-described prisoner, spoke of horrible work conditions. He or she described working up to 14 hours a day and receiving little food.
“Being a prisoner in China is even worse than being a horse, cow, sheep, pig or dog in the U.S.,” reads the letter, translated by HuffPost.
“My heart went into my stomach,” Wallace told the Daily Star about the Note Walmart Purse.
Being a prisoner in China is even worse than being a horse, cow, sheep, pig or dog in the U.S.
Note discovered by Christel Wallace
Similar letters to the one the Sierra Vista woman had translated have been traced back to stores such as K-Mart in the past.
Wallace’s daughter-in-law, Laura Wallace, said the note opened her eyes to the lives of laborers who create such bargain buys. Wanting to help, she decided to spread the word about the note’s contents.
“I don’t have the means or the access to help in any way. So I think this was my way of putting in my two cents,” she told local Tucson station KVOA. “I don’t want this to be an attack on any store … That’s not the answer. This is happening at all kinds of places and people just probably don’t know.”
The woman said she doesn’t have the means to help the prisoner, but hopes something comes out of sharing the note.
A Walmart spokesperson told the Huff Post they are going to “verify the letter’s authenticity.”
“We care that our products are sourced responsibly and transparently, and we take allegations like this seriously,” wrote Ragan Dickens, Walmart’s director of national media relations, in an email. “With the limited information we now have, it is difficult to verify the letter’s authenticity.”
Here is the full text of the note, translated by HuffPost:
Inmates in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China are working 14 hours daily with no break/rest at noon, continue working overtime until 12 midnight, and whoever doesn’t finish his work will be beaten. Their meals are without oil and salt. Every month, the boss pays the inmate 2000 yuan [about $290], any additional dishes will be finished by the police. If the inmates are sick and need medicine, the cost will be deducted from the salary. Being a prisoner in China is even worse than being a horse, cow, sheep, pig or dog in the U.S.