Pregnant Woman Beaten Up by Supermarket for Stealing Milk

Jiang is holding an x-ray showing the bone fracture on her left arm.

From NetEase:

Pregnant Woman Suspected of Stealing at Supermarket, Beaten Up By Group of Men

November 20, while shopping at a supermarket in Guangzhou’s Baiyunxin city, Ms. Jiang was suspected of having stolen a can of dried powdered milk, and then dragged by several supermarket employees into a small room and beaten, causing a bone fracture in her left arm. Picture [above] is of Ms. Jiang holding up an x-ray of the bone fracture in her left arm.

The bruise left on Jiang’s back after she was beaten.

The bruise left on Ms. Jiang’s back after she was beaten.

Jiang is grabbing a supermarket employee and claiming that he had beaten her.

Jiang is grabbing a supermarket employee and claiming that he had beaten her.

Ms. Jiang at the supermarket where the incident happened, grabbing a supermarket employee claiming that he had beaten her too.

Comments from NetEase:

我们养的猪还少吗 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

No money or position [in society], if you were beaten then you were beaten, what can you do about it?

xdong369 [网易广东省梅州市网友]:

Don’t just go around physically attacking people for whatever reason, that’s just like running dogs.

网易浙江省绍兴市网友 ip:124.160.*.*:

The people created by this garbage system, the lower and more oppressed you are in society, the more viciously you oppress others on on the bottom! Motherfucking, even laying hands on a pregnant woman!

撸撸更健康啊 [网易北京市丰台区网友]:

Even if the pregnant women had stolen something, there’s no need to beat her, you can just go to the local police and sort it out.

网易上海市长宁区网友 ip:116.236.*.*:

Yet again Guangdong, just look at those monkeys’ faces, such garbage.

为正义奋斗 [网易广东省中山市网友]:

Loathsome thief! The sons or daughters raised by people like this will definitely be no better!

沙漠船王 [网易湖北省宜昌市网友]:

Just because they had suspicions, they were willing to be so ruthless, talk about being way too unreasonable.

壮汉一名 [网易江西省南昌市网友]:

A very simple principle — Men hitting women is simply shameful, much less a group [of men] beating a single woman.

dfsdfdsdtg [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Not to mention a pregnant woman…

竹泓 [网易浙江省绍兴市网友]:

Solving problems by beating up people, isn’t this a certain group of people’s method? Isn’t it belittling their own value?

From Sina:

Pregnant Woman Caught Stealing Milk Powder at Supermarket, Claims She Was Beaten for Half an Hour Causing Miscarriage

[…]

Claims she stole milk powder for her 9-month-old child because her family situation is difficult

According to Ms. Jiang, she walked into the supermarket that evening at about 7, and while checking out, she had bought more than 20 yuan of snacks, but had hid a can of powdered milk with a 208 yuan price tag in her bag. According to a preliminary investigation by the police, Jiang triggered the alarm when she walked through the supermarket security door, and was stopped by the supermarket employees when she tried to make a run for it, discovering a can of milk powder in her bag that had not been paid for.

Ms. Jiang says her family’s economic situation is difficult, and that three days before the incident happened, she had come to Guangzhou alone from Hunan, wanting to find a fellow villager for work. When she entered the supermarket, she had a total of 200 yuan left on her.

Ms. Jiang admitted that she made the mistake of stealing. She said the milk powder was for her 9-month-old child at home, “just a theft of the moment”.

[…]

Taken to a small room with no surveillance cameras

Surveillance footage shows that at 7:23pm, an employee took Jiang into the storage room. There was no surveillance camera in the storage room. Ms. Jiang says that she was locked up in the room by the loss prevention employee, then 5 men came in afterwards, wearing no uniforms, demanding that her family send 3000 kuai to get her back.

Ms. Jiang gave two phone numbers, which belong to her sister and sister’s husband who work in Guangzhou. She got her sister’s number wrong and the person on the other end of the phone denied knowing her. Her sister’s husband answered the phone, but mistook it as a scam, and hung up the phone as well. This Southern Metropolis reporter dialed these two numbers, and the people who answered the phone both confirmed that on November 20 at about 8pm, they received calls claiming “your sister stole something, bring 3,000 kuai to get her back”, but both ignored the calls.

“He thought I was lying to him, and started beating me.” Ms. Jiang recalled that at least 3 people came into the room successively afterward. Someone took out two very heavy wooden clubs from a room, and hit her with them, and someone pulled her hair, pressed her against a pile of bagged rice, and kicked her back. Throughout this, she had begged the employees for forgiveness, saying she was already 2-months pregnant.

Ms. Jiang claims the beating continued for half an hour, with the beaters then calling the police to have them take her away. She asked the police to take her to the hospital to be examined, but the police did not agree, their reason being that taking a CT would affect the baby’s health.

[…]

Signs surgical agreement, consenting to [not holding hospital responsible for effects on her baby]

Feeling her lower body was bleeding and that the life of the baby might be in jeopardy, Jiang went to Guangzhou Xin City Hospital for a CT scan the next morning, by herself and still concealing pregnant condition. “When the mother is injured like this, you can’t worry about the baby.” Afterwards, the hospital suggested that she have a miscarriage.

The hospital diagnosis showed that [Jiang] has a bone fracture on the middle part of her left radius, and an avulsion fracture on her left ulnar. Last night [November 24], Jiang checked into the hospital and the hospital reminded her that the surgery might cause birth defects. Ms. Jiang, helpless, consented to [not holding the hospital responsible for effects on her baby].

[…]

Comments from Sina:

手机用户[河南郑州]:

Already has one [child], yet gets pregnant again, definitely violating the one-child policy, and should be punished for both her crimes.

手机用户[广东肇庆]:

Why steal powdered milk?? Stealing just because her family is poor? Jut because your family is poor, stealing can be forgiven? Already having difficulties raising one child, why is she again 2-months pregnant? This woman thief, think for your baby if not for yourself…

手机用户[广东广州]:

Thieves should be beaten, stop using your babies/children as excuses, it’s her own moral character problem. There are many poor people in China, are each and every one of them stealing?

00naive00[北京]:

Supermarket thieves should be heavily punished! Set an example for the others! This is a group of people, this is how they live, and they are simply this shameless — either they’re pregnant or they bring a young child to steal, without fear of being caught, secure in the belief that others can’t do anything to them!! Don’t believe her crocodile tears! So loathsome!

手机用户[广东广州]:

I’ve been stolen from by thieves 10 times already. I’m fed up with these social garbage. I hope those who catch a thief will beat him/her to death, because those who want to reap without sowing deserve to pay a price [for it].

手机用户[山西太原]:

Deserves it! Old thieves give birth to little thieves, a scourge of society!

手机用户[北京]:

This kind of person beaten to miscarriage is a good thing, otherwise the child she gives birth to will also be a thief, so we should thank the people who beat her, for helping the country get rid of a bad person.

手机用户[山东济南]:

This report is biased. Media interfering with the administration of justice is a key factor in causing social instability.

苌昀[黑龙江哈尔滨]:

A 9-month-old baby at home, again 2-months pregnant, yet claims her family is poor, and stealing because she’s poor. If everyone were like this, how many thieves would there be in China! With this kind of people, even if the beating turns out to be true, she till deserves it, [and in fact] her hands should’ve been cut off, so she can never steal again.

手机用户[广东深圳]:

They’re all liars, trying to win other people’s sympathy, and whether or not she was really 2-months pregnant is unknown. Reporters, you must see things clearly! Don’t be fooled.

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  • MrT

    Sounds about right. I know about on shop owner choped the finger off the shop owner next door over some agrumnet.
    Many in China are still in the dark ages.

    • SMercury

      That’s how thing works all over the planet. The U.S. version is just blowing the neighbour’s head off by a gun…

      • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

        HK they throw acid in your face.
        Ireland they knee cap you.

        • SMercury

          poor Irish XD~

        • Neuchy

          I feel I should point out that in Ireland nobody gets knee-capped for shop-lifting, so feel free to steal whatever you like.

        • linette lee

          hahaha…..you are retarded. XD

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            It is my motto ” I is retard”

            “QUIS SEPARABIT”

      • Super Bunny

        your a girl?

        when i was a kid, how i love this animation!!!
        Tuxedo Mask is on my fantasy list too!i wanna fall in love with him!

        • SMercury

          [Firm hand shake] Life long Sailor Moon fan here. :-)Sailor Uranus and Sailor Mercury are my favorite.

          • Kate

            I love Sailor Moon too ^_^ I always wanted to be like the sailor scouts cause theyre so pretty. Sailor Mars and Sailor Mercury and Luna are my favorites but Tuxedo Max I don’t like, he is commitment phobic.

          • SMercury

            And always get defeated within half minute, waiting for girls to rescue him in the rest of the show… Hope Super Bunny doesn’t get offended. I like to have a BF from medical school though XD~

        • linette lee

          sailor moon is for pervert. Those high school girls dressing in school uniforms mini skirts that you can see up their ass. The writer must be a man. A japanese man.

  • Jennster

    网易上海市长宁区网友 ip:116.236.*.*:

    Yet again Guangdong, just look at those monkeys’ faces, such garbage.


    ^^^^
    LOLLLLLLL

    • Setesh

      how did you get that ip address? can everyone here sees everyone ip address in chinaSMACK?

      • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

        yea, i can see yours, its 192.168.0.1

        • Setesh

          hm, since you know mine now you have to tell me yours. Its just courtesy.

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            OK, mine is 192.168.2.1

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            I will expect a knock at my door soon i suppose now.

          • Germandude

            Pro-tip: Never open the door when somebody knocks it!

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            I have a cage door system and a loaded water pistol full of piss.
            I is vely secure.

            Subject: [chinasmack] Re: Pregnant Woman Beaten Up by Supermarket for Stealing Milk

          • lonetrey / Dan

            *snort* @ water pistol full of piss

        • Germandude

          Setesh, don’t let MrT fool you. 192.168.0.1 is a default IP address that’s used by most private networks and doesn’t mean anything.

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            yours is 10.0.0.1, the thought police will be around soon to take you away.

          • Germandude

            Dude come on. We can have different opinions and argue but that kind of stalking and ratting me out to the police is not nice. Please let me know when the police is coming. In the meantime I am hiding under my desk.

      • Germandude

        Here you are, googled 192.168.0.1 for an explanation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/192.168.0.1

        • Setesh

          thank you, he is such a tricky guy.

        • http://www.joshmcfarland.net/ Josh

          I think 127.0.0.1 is more universally appropriate.

      • Kai

        Jennster is quoting a NetEase comment. NetEase will publicly display partial IP addresses for guest commenters. cS does not.

        • Anon

          Hi Kai,

          I have a questions regarding cS statistic you mention in the thread in other post but I forgot where. How does cS count? is it per IP address means +1 or per click regardless of IP address. For instance if I open this post 10 times, would it be consider as +10 or +1

    • mr.wiener

      Their regard for their fellow Chinese is heartwarming and surpasses anything a white racist would say. It’s not racist if it’s them saying it hmm?

      • Jennster

        correct.

        • mr.wiener

          …..Soooooo, using that chain of logic if you criticize whiteys you are a racist be-yotch yar?

  • Germandude

    Difficult topic. No doubt stealing is wrong and should be punished. Assuming that the woman is not receiving any help from government/society, I somehow can understand her actions which still doesn’t justify stealing however.

    On the other hand, the shop owner taking matters into his own hand and getting her beaten up should be severely punished as well.

    How about she should work a week at the supermarket to pay off the milk powder and the shop owner needs to pay her hospital expenses? Both would have learned a lesson.

    • Kai

      Yeah, I can sympathize with her in a very Les Miserables sort of way.

      What bothers me here is whether or not the supermarket and its employees are being held responsible for the injuries done to her. What they did is entirely illegal, jut as illegal as her theft was. Maybe Peter will chime in with more information on this.

      • mr.wiener

        I wonder what they would have done to her if she stole a bottle of beer?

    • Madesu

      Let the thief working at the supermarket?
      It sounds like keeping a cat in a fish shop, not a good idea.

    • maja

      I don’t really see it as “taking justice in their hands”, they kidnapped her and asked 3000 yuan as a ransom. pretty much they thought in pretty similar way to the sina commenters: I have my own problems and someone has to pay for them.

      • Germandude

        maja, I wrote: “owner taking matters into his own hands”, not “justice”. There is no justice in kidnapping her and asking 3000 yuan from the family.

        This action should actually be punished even harder. However, I don’t know exactly what the Chinese law provides as punishment for such a case.

  • Setesh

    Pity

  • Super Bunny

    it’s her fault,once u got stolen u will hate thief forever

    especially as a super market owner,they suffer from thieves a lot.

    also cheaters,shit!once i got cheated by a spa center,i was so angry.so at night, i took my red pigment,wrote__骗子死全家on their glass door, then i felt happy again.
    thief and scamer,street cheater,they all should be punished hard.

    • Super Bunny

      also,already can not take care one baby well, still make another kid,why can not just wait a while???so hatful…

    • linette lee

      What gives them the right to physically hurt this pregnant woman even though she is a thief? Call the police and arrest her. Make her pay for the milk or charge her with criminal record. Not physically hurt her.

      • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

        yea they never beat any one in HK do they, lmao,

        • linette lee

          No, hkers throw acid in their face.

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            So best to wear goggles when shop lifting in HK.

  • Terrik

    “They’re all liars, trying to win other people’s sympathy, and whether or not she was really 2-months pregnant is unknown. Reporters, you must see things clearly! Don’t be fooled.”

    Does…does that matter? I think the bigger problem is locking someone in a room, extorting their family for money, and beating them. Maybe that’s just me, though.

  • Cynic

    This aggravates me to no end. How does she have money for hospital bills but not to pay for baby formula? Seems she was fishing for extortion knowing that even if they only called the cops and didn’t beat her she would be let free with only a scolding. She was looking to be beaten so she could extort. I can’t stand this type of leech.

    • markx

      What a dastardly plot! I guess she was just lucky it panned out the way it did.

      Imagine if it has all gone wrong and they had just called the cops.

      Or even worse, if they didn’t notice and she had completely gotten away with it.

      Idiot.

      • Cynic

        Your right.

    • Zappa Frank

      wow you’re really cyinc, i though to cyinic, but you i’m really far from you master..

      • Zappa Frank

        “thought to be cyinic”..

    • thmswhnr

      A hospital visit in China costs like 20 yuan, which she could afford. Also, how is she in any position to extort anything at this point?

      • Cynic

        She can make all sorts of crazy claims now after being beaten up. To exaggerate perhaps claim for compensation for all of the future earnings of her aborted baby.

        About the hospital bills. I recently got an Xray. 14.5 RMB for one doctors consultation. 90 RMB for an Xray. Ultra sound was 50 RMB so I guess a CT scan would be around 50 or 90. Almost the cost of the baby formula.

        • thmswhnr

          I see your point, and know that crazy exploits like that are possible in China, as even Good Samaritans are wrongly punished after helping a stranger, but don’t think she has the clout to make anything like that happen. From what I’ve read, the “justice” system works in favor of those who are well-connected, and the store owner surely has her beat on guanxi. I suppose anything is possible, though.

          As for the bills, while a fraction of what they’d cost in the West, I suppose are out of her budget. I was lucky that, in my time in China, all I ever required was a doctor’s consultation, so I never got to figure out how much those sorts of tests cost. Maybe she got the tests and then didn’t pay? I’m not sure how it works there, but in the US people often get medical tests/treatment they know they don’t have money for.

          • Cynic

            In China you have to prepay for all medical test and procedures so you cant run away without paying the bill.

            If this lady has a lot of people from her province with her she could potentially start a riot and if she displayed such a threat the justice system would lean in her favor. A situation like that throws guanxi out the window. Anyhow, this is all speculative on my part but just looking at her face in the first picture makes me think she could start some serious shit. She looks like a disgruntled Ai Yi or street cleaner.

  • Cleo

    I’m really surprised that chinese netizens sided with the shoplifter when being Mainlanders themselves, they are WELL aware of people poorer than this woman who would NEVER steal.

    • Cleo

      I don’t agree with the beating but other than her passing resemblance to kd lang, she seems to APPEAR very aggressive. I can’t imagine the Southerners liking her very much or believing in her professed vulnerability. She looks like she could pulverize others.

      Also why does she have a second baby on the way if she can’t afford to feed the first one? I’m surprised.

  • Ryo

    haha.. her family don’t even want to give 3000 rmb to get her back! Even though at first they may think it’s a scam, they can easily prove it’s not by actually taking to the bitch… I mean, there’s no harmed just to make sure… hell even the call is free since it’s an incoming call.

    Anyway, the bitch deserve every bit of the beating. Having babies they can’t afford is what’s keeping this country in the dark ages.

    • linette lee

      Do these poor china chinese have a choice? Understand their situation.

    • bprichard

      You seem to have some severe issues.

  • jeff li

    I dont understand,
    she gets caught shoplifting ,…..ok call the police why is there a need for broken bones, ransom and other mess?
    WTF?

  • Slob

    Who f*cking cares what the woman did…she was held in a room while several brutes tried to extort her family, beat her into a pulp while she was pregnant, and most likely caused the death of her child. She stole a tin of milk powder, no not jewellery worth thousands of dollars, a tin of f*cking milk powder to feed her hungry son. Like the fat bastard of a boss of the store is really going to miss that 10 yuan profit he would make from selling it anyway. Call the f*cking police and have her pay for the milk powder, simple. Noooooo….Chinese scum like this will always take opportunities like this to make money from it even at the expense of a child. Congratulations d*ckheads, you just killed a Chinese person. “I LOVE CHINA , CHINA SO STRONG” – Yeah it really goes to show when you treat your fellows like that.

    HURRR ONE CHILD POLICY SHE CAN’T HAVE 2

    Oh really? Is that why all of the wealthy people here simply pay a few thousand yuan to have 1,2,3 more children? So she’s anti-China because she’s poor and can’t afford to pay for another child like the silver spoon spoilt pricks living in their penthouse suites can? Cool system China, keep it up.

    Look at that cowardice pimple-headed scumbag she confronts when he’s alone cowering away from a woman. Son of a b*tch isn’t so tough now he’s without his friends (which is pretty much how almost all of the men here are anyway – ain’t got balls to do shit when they’re alone).

    • Kate

      This is my favorite comment.

    • linette lee

      Yup…that is China for you. ;)

      The china chinese will tell you china gov’t system is the best for the chinese people. And their explanation is because…………confucius say……….

      • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

        I also say.

        • linette lee

          you are so crazy. You are actually very fun and crazy.

          confucius say Man who stand on toilet is high on pot.

          confucius say Man who sneezes without tissue takes matters in his own hands.

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            Is Confucius a Red Indian?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLLCB2PAJYDGCGUUC6QVVSDOME Kjlj

            I eat childring 0.0 i eat them all

    • Yesway

      Those rich people can pay for their own milk.

      Don’t have kids if you can’t support them.

    • scotsmum

      Totally agree with slob

    • fairytale

      thats what i wanted to say too…aweosme dude

  • Kate

    I just feel really sad for the baby…..

    • Gay Azn Boi

      Why? She already has a kid. If she gives birth again, she’ll have violated the law.

      • Kate

        I feel sad for the baby because if it isn’t forced aborted, it will be born into a life with a poverty family and a mother who steals and god help it if its a girl.

        • linette lee

          Poor china chinese continue to have tons of kids that they can’t afford because kids are like “old age investment” for them. They depend on their kids in their old age, not 411K.

          • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

            your getting paid overtime for this constant rambling about the one child policy?
            How many you got? I guess 0.

          • Jennster

            i don’t see what’s wrong with that. they gave birth to you.and my paents are awesome.

          • linette lee

            hk don’t have one child policy. The Hk gov’t don’t need to anyway. HK women have one of the world lowest birth rate. They don’t get marry and if they do, they marry late like after 30. Hk depends mainland wives marrying hk men to give birth. I have no problem with that. We are all chinese and these mainland wives are legal. They are not stealing hk welfare or breaking hk laws.

          • Jennster

            Regarding the 0% birth rate, same as pretty much any other major Chinese city but the aging demographics are not affected with incoming migrants despite the urban 1 child policy.

            Btw, I was talking about the need to look after one’s parents and being ‘xiao shun’. I am not too good at the phsycial side of things but could help with material side to make up for it.

          • 李硕

            Plenty of people having children they can’t afford here in the good US of A. Similarly, their kids is the way to the government pay check.

            Me think the system, regardless of where it is, is kinda broken.

      • linette lee

        China one child policy is a scam. The china gov’t is just doing a show for foreign countries to see. That is why you see many china chinese have 2 to 3 kids. All they need to do is pay a fine….which probably a huge portion of it end up in some corrupt chinese official’s pocket. If you don’t have money to pay them they will drag you out for a forced abortion. Not because they care about over population, but because they are angry you don’t have money to pay them. The poor rural china chinese are still having tons of kids…which is supposedly good for china because they use them as slaves or second class citizens.

        • http://www.chinasmack.com/ MrT

          Ethnic minority’s can have more then one child and they make up a proportion of the rural people.
          You really are bitter towards the motherland and working overtime to over throw the system here, you want to shed some more light on why?
          I got my own theory’s why, but I will save them for a rainy day to throw out.

  • Gay Azn Boi

    Lady was lucky she was only beaten.

    In the US and A, they pop a cap in yo ass!

    • Kate

      We prefer to taser our pregnant women tyvm

      • lonetrey / Dan

        Wrong, we sue them actually. Sue the pregnant women and their babies too!

  • thmswhnr

    This is no different from the Walmart security guard who killed a shoplifter in the US on Black Friday. People see an opportunity to create some “justice” and they get carried away and before they know it, they’ve exploded into a messy justicegasm. China does not have a monopoly on this kind of person.

    • Jahar

      deflect! deflect! It happens in other places so it’s okay!!!

      • thmswhnr

        I’m not saying it’s OK at all. Both cases of vigilante justice are despicable, and I think people everywhere need to rethink their approach to how justice is served.

        My point was that humans have a primal instinct that tells them that hurting someone who caused harm somehow makes things right, that this sort of justice is very satisfying on that basic level. It doesn’t consider the net effect on society, though, that it shows the rule of law to mean nothing and is not the most effective way to reform criminal behavior.

        • Jahar

          Sure, people do nasty shit everywhere. but when you say that in a story, it comes across as an excuse. you should coin the term “justicegasm” though. It’s pretty good. Explosive and messy. Sounds hot.

  • Yangzhou Fried Rice

    When I lived in Jiangsu I remember people telling me how pregnant women would steal electric bicycles and scooters because if they got caught the police couldn’t do anything to them because they’re pregnant. Apparently the Guangdong police / supermarket employees don’t **** around.

  • http://twitter.com/kagnomi K

    She doesn’t deserve to get beaten but this is the result of a system that does not value human life, that does not educate the lower economic classes about protection yet expects them to adhere to the 1 child law.

    Also, I find it amazing how much baby milk powder costs and at the same time, could contain arsenic and other “fillers”

    • DavidisDawei

      I was thinking the same thing….powdered milk = 208 RMB???

      • redgirls

        A new mothers milk can dry up within the first month+ It is very dififcult to reintroduce breastfeeding later. So you have a corp … nestle, ect giving out free samples of their product within hours of that childs birth… young parents are leaving hospital with these free supplies?Free..

        • ScottLoar

          A new mother’s milk can dry up within the first month if not suckled but otherwise the woman can give milk for years. Also, a woman need not be pregnant to give milk; lactation can be induced by stimulation (yes, I know that to be true).

          Chinese and Korean women in particular tend to leave off breast feeding because they believe 1) breast feeding sags the breast, 2) milk powder is more nutritious than mother’s milk and 3) milk powders put weight on a baby which parents mistakenlyl equate with good health.

          • redgirls

            Well said.
            I think the 3 reasons you have stated are almost Worldwide these day’s not just China and Korea.

            “lactation can be induced by stimulation”. Yes, but it takes time, dedication and understanding. Something I fear this lady may not have had.

            Our brave new world.

    • Alphy

      What’s more amazing, is that doctors here recommend people to not feed their child breast milk, and tell them if they want their child to be healthy you must feed them formula as short as time as possible. It is absolutely BS, and are forcing unnecessary strains on huge amount of families in China, not to mention a lower immune system for the child.

      I know personally two couples that do that, and when I helped them researched on the benefits of breast feeding, they were outrage that their doctor recommend them to buy formulas for their kids at such young age. One of the women stopped feeding just out of hospital and now can’t even breast feed any more.

      I don’t have any evidence that there are any conspiracy of profit these doctor are getting, but I think businesses are literally milking China’s middle family’s income. Many have to pay ~2000rmb per months for their baby and when they get a bit older they are send to kindergartens that are 3-4k RMB per months even for crappy ones. While most average income are only around 3-4k for an average worker.

      • Nick in Beijing

        I had a student last summer who works in a hospital. He told us (the other students and I) about doctors getting paid by various baby products companies to convince new mothers to purchase such things.

      • 李硕

        Can’t be sure of conspiracy, but maybe the medical education is behind in China? Even in North America, pushing for breast feeding seems to be coming back into vogue just now. Many many people elect to not breast feed. For what reason, I have no idea.

        Breast is best, so to speak.

  • Misiooo

    30 (no, not 5000) years of civilization. Don’t expect too much.

  • Misiooo

    30 (no, not 5000) of civilization. Do not expect too much.

  • Alphy

    Wow, this two wrong makes a right argument seen in the comments are unbelievable. People need to break down problem and analysis them instead of emotionally deciding someone’s right wrong from a single point of view.

    Is stealing wrong? Well of course, no matter the circumstance. A crime is a crime, and should be punished according to the law.

    Should her 7 month child be going hungry which push her to stealing? Well heck no, as China developed, I think everyone’s wish is that there will be social nets that prevent these sort of things from happening. Watching your own child go hungry day after day must be one of the most painful thing someone can go through.

    Should the store employee be beating up the women for 1/2 an hour and demand ransom? What are you kidding me, are they Chenguan? How is that even justifiable? Police are not even suppose to be beating up suspect. There action is appalling, and is way worst than simple petty crime, it is assault and kidnapping, these people should go to jail and the Supermarket should be fine, by allowing these employee actions in their store. If it is found to be common practice, their business license should be revoke.

    I also want to point out the dramatic differences in attitudes in the comments between Netease and Sina. I don’t know if it is just by selection, or people usually just follow the flow of comments, but Netease comments are basically all pointing out the injustice of beating up a pregnant women, where Sina commenters are all saying beating the women up is justified and ignoring the obvious illegal actions of the store employees.

  • wvavin

    One word sums all. SAD.

  • nulloman

    I thought the story was nasty, but then I read the comments. They are really sick and twisted.

  • anon

    I am shocked and angry at the comments after the second articles..how can people be so cruel? I feel like never wanting to visit china again…

  • Kevin

    Wait, wait, wait So let me get this straight a pregnant woman who is poor is stealing a can of milk and the store clerks beat her.

    This is the governments fault why? The government is not involved in this, this is between a pregnant woman and the store. So the pregnant lady is poor and needs to s way. The store clerks I would blame more on the storeowner and thier parents for thier unethical behavior. Is this the governments fault or something within society made it Leave the government out of this, this is a sociatal problem, This is a violence problem that can only be solved when society deems it to be unethical. This is no different from a woman stealing in the united states where some store carries guns and shooting you.

    This is a case where we must blame ourselves.

  • Harry

    pool is not the reason of stealing.if you steal.you must be pulished.beat is right.theif should be beat with no reason and how many time you have stolen.

  • laowei

    what is it with chinese and baby milk? either poisioning the babies who drink it or beating the mothers who get it for the baby. the moral hangover from the cultural revolution and tiananmen massacre still remain…

  • scotsmum

    Reading these comments is scary, it was milk she was stealing not a luxury, nobody deserves to be treated like that

  • Just me

    Is there no compassion left for your own people? If i worked in a supermarket and saw someone stealing dried milk for her baby i would offer to help her pay for it. No you can’t help them all but sometimes you could spare a little.

  • Toan Thang Nguyen

    Wow….Reading some of these comments shows why China is so fucked up. The mentality of the chinese people is just plain barbaric. Maybe people should try putting themselves in othere people’s shoes once in awhile.

  • James

    Fuck this bitch, you get caught stealing, you pay the consequences. They gave her a way out, pay the 3000 yuan. She didn’t want to pay so she gets her ass kicked. Fucking thief. And don’t give me the bs she was just stealing to feed her son. She could have bought it, it wouldn’t have killed her.

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