Science — May 1, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Note Found In Purse At Walmart: “My Heart Went Into My Stomach,


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.

An Arizona woman says she believes that she found a note from a Chinese prisoner pleading for help in a purse she bought at Walmart
An Arizona woman says she believes that she found a note from a Chinese prisoner pleading for help in a purse she bought at Walmart

“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.

Sarah Colin

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  1. purse note

    Some other countries actually use people in prison to make things on top of outside companies. So if she is legit in prison and put herself in prison I don’t feel bad. Now if she is working for someone unfortunately the rest of the world does not have the work standards we have. And even if we refuse to buy we are not only affecting the company but other people’s livelihood it’s a viscous circle

    • You don’t feel bad? You don’t feel bad? Well, remember that when someone illegitimately imprisons you and forces you to “work” in the same exact conditions. You would be a slave. Slavery under ANY terms is NOT acceptable. Your ignorance is disgusting. Your lack of compassion is why things are the way they are.

  2. We can complain all we want but we are as guilty as the manufacturers, I bet some of you are typing on your IPhones or computers made in China, products made via hard labour and abuse. We are guilty.

  3. That is one reason l avoid to buy stuff from China. I prefer to pay fair labor. I do not want to be guilty of modern slavery. It’s better to buy only one thing that has good quality and long last and was made with fair labor rates instead to buy a lot that falls apart and you are promoting this kind of stuff. Buy Patagonia, buy vintage if you want but do not promote this.

  4. Not all ‘trafficking’ has to do with sex. Every person in America is responsible for human trafficking with the cheap clothes on our backs and junk in our homes. Sex trafficking is a scapegoat and diversion for the bigger problem.

  5. How sad,,its proably true. Poor people in other countries are abused and hard labor,,if people stop buying stuff so cheap overseas,,wont happen,,these poor people wont be abused buy american ,,all these big name brand companies that have clothes done overseas also,,,

  6. Sadly slavery never ended in the 1800s. It was just outsourced. But while we are at it let’s take pictures of historical monuments getting removed with our shiny new slave made iPhone. Can’t be bad if it feels good.

  7. stopped buying anything made in China. When I’m shopping if I see the option of American made over any other country I will always take American made, no matter the price difference. I want to see more things made here. A while back I noticed 9 times out of 10 sh!t is made in China!

  8. suspect story… article about poor labor conditions on May 1….

  9. The person is a prisoner, they are in prison, that’s what they deserve. We treat our prisoners better than animals in mega farms. We should force all criminals into hard manual labor, or we should eliminate them.

    • Deborah Rouse

      No, it isn’t necessarily what a prisoner deserves! In China citizens are often imprisoned for being another religion than the government or for looking at a member of the government in a manner deemed unacceptable. Many are imprisioned on false charges as well. China officials are as unscrupulous as most of the officials in Arabic countries. Read about China’s treatment of Chinese commoners during the Olympics there in 2008.

  10. I get where you folks are going with this. But seriously, how would the life of this prisoner be any better if someone didn’t get a new purse? At least she gets some money to provide health care. Are you really suggesting that her life would be somehow better? It sucks to be a prisoner…watched a man die in his cell with zero medical assistance over a 2 week period. The guards refused to send him to the infirmary. He died of pneumonia which is normally easy to treat. This happened in the near center of the U.S.A. Didn’t hear about that death or the many others of prisoners in the USA? Not surprised…are you? And her life is worse than a cow, sheep, pig or dog? I doubt that she is living with the knowledge that she is being fattened for slaughter! It’s easy to blame consumers for the plight of the world. But try to think past the obvious. People have endured mistreatment for all of time. So don’t get a new purse and feel good about yourself.

  11. believe in America will not make factory or plants for U.S. workers . But will outsource to China and other places that have sweatshops or inhumane treatment of workers. If they are using the prisoners then they feel they have no rights to complain. Sad and wrong. So what does that say about our work ethics to give a contract to whoever and they do whatever to the workers?

  12. That note was planted there by somebody probably Amazon representatives who want to sabotage Walmart. There’s no way a prisoner wrote that idiotic fake news

  13. Further reminder to be more appreciative of what a great and wonderful country we are privileged enough to live in.

  14. no more walmart

    Until today, my favorite store was Walmart due to convenience. But after reading this, I’ve decided not to shop there again.

  15. t is not correct doctrine, of course, but I wish the companies that do NOT consistently check to make sure this doesn’t happen in THEIR factories—would burn in HELL–a la Dante’s Inferno

  16. I’d like to know what brand the purse is and I’d like a picture of the tag. If we have that then you can trace it back to the manufacturer and something can be done. Often times with Chinese manufacturer s they are afraid of embarrassment. All we have to do is bombard them with letters and publicis it and it will stop. Also, please stop buying from American stores that don’t have ethical manufacturing policies (shape audits)!

  17. Walmart probably have the woman who found the note a discount on her purse, and she was thrilled bro

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