Carrefour in the Spotlight

Last month, China’s Development and Reform Commission (国家发改委) accused international retailers Wal-Mart and Carrefour of alleged fraudulent pricing practices in stores throughout China. According to a recent report in the commercial Chongqing Evening News, the DRC has instructed relevant government offices (dealing with pricing) across the country to “severely punish according to the law” instances of price fraud, including “non-performance of pricing promises” (不履行价格承诺) and “fabrication of original prices” (虚构原价). In this cartoon, posted by the Kunming-based studio Yuan Jiao Man’s Space (圆觉漫时空) to QQ.com, a thief lugging a sack with the Carrefour logo and labeled “price fraud” (and wearing a red Carrefour hat) tiptoes away as the spotlight catches him in the dark. In the margins, Chinese shake their fists, point their fingers, shout and throw eggs.

One Comment to “Carrefour in the Spotlight”

  1. Inge says:

    Please also note that the thief is very obvious a foreigner, with blond hair peeping from under his cap and a big long nose. And he is trembling, so not only is this is a foreigner – he is also a coward. At ‘my’ Carrefour in Beijing I noticed a couple of weeks ago a small demonstration at the entrance of the store. The protesters were holding boards with the text “Price Fraud” in Chinese characters. When I was taking pictures of it a security agent rather violently blocked me from the scene, saying that I was not allowed to take pictures.

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