BEIJING โ€” A woman in eastern China was allegedly beaten to death by five employees of a Wal-Mart store who accused her of shoplifting, a police report and state media said Tuesday. Police have arrested two employees from the store in Jiangxi province, while three others are being investigated, Jingdezhen city police said in a report on their website.1232170802_1232163606_walmart+greeter

According to the report, the woman was beaten outside her home near the Wal-Mart on August 30 and died in a city hospital on Wednesday last week from injuries suffered during the beating. Police said the five Wal-Mart employees had stopped the woman in the street and demanded to see her receipt, but she refused because she could not verify their identities, it said.

Following an argument, the five Wal-Mart employees began beating her, it said. The English-language China Daily on Tuesday identified the victim as Yu Xiaochun, 37.

“They started to hit her because she didn’t do what they said,” the paper quoted her husband Chen Baolin as saying. “I got there and tried to stop them but they kept beating her.” It was not immediately known if the woman had shoplifted, the paper said.

The beating intensified as she tried to telephone for help using her mobile phone, it added.

Wal Mart greeters…taking the job a little too seriously?




  1. The0ne says:

    Nothing really new here. It’s China for Christ sake. Ok, that term was strange for me to used ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s China for Pete’s sake!

    This will no doubt be claimed by Chinese authorities as “stress” and be waved off ๐Ÿ™‚ Is Steve Jobs around this too?

  2. charliehorse43 says:

    Who knew that they had Walmart in China.

  3. JimR says:

    They’re just following the example set by their government.

  4. bobbo, we think with words says:

    So China really is becoming capitalist==putting property above people. Once again, China is teaching America what it has lost.

  5. Benjamin says:

    Where do Chinese Walmarts import their foreign crap from?

  6. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    #5 Bennie – Good question! HaHaHa ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. chuck says:

    How long before Wal-mart implements this policy here?

    BTW, is it still Wal-Mart, or Walmart* ?

  8. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    #7 chuckles – Good question. Also: “Is it ‘trailor’, ‘mobile home’, or ‘double-wide’?”

  9. GigG says:

    #4 Boboo wrote…
    “So China really is becoming capitalist==putting property above people. Once again, China is teaching America what it has lost.”

    Communism was never about people before property. It was always about the state before everything and still is.

  10. Semantics says:

    It has happened in the US too so don’t be too critical of China. In Texas, Wal-mart employees suffocated a man by sitting on him because they thought he had shoplifted a package of diapers. Turns out he had paid for them and it was a mistake by someone watching the security cameras.

  11. MikeN says:

    They should beat up more shoplifters here, instead of having blogs criticize the stores.

  12. Grandpa says:

    Yup, gotta watch those Greeters and their oxygen bottles. They’d bite but their dentures would fall out.

  13. Phydeau says:

    As some famous economist said, “In Capitalism, man exploits man. In Communism, it’s the exact opposite.”

    What we see here is the wonders of modern capitalism without any burdensome government regulation handcuffing the wealth producers. Large corporations directly applying the death penalty for shoplifting will certainly improve the bottom line for large corporations. And isn’t that what freedom and capitalism is all about???

    (psst, that was sarcasm.)

  14. jescott418 says:

    Hey, I bet they don’t have a lot of shop lifters though. We all pay for stolen merchandise. Paying with your life is a little extreme. But as someone says this is communist China where the punishment doe not always fit the crime. I think these people are very honorable and do take even the smaller crimes seriously. I think to some extent we could do better here. It would certainly cost us less to reduce these crimes then to arrest, trial them and keep them in prisons.

  15. Sister Mary Hand Grenade of Quiet Reflection says:

    Clean-up on aisle 9! Or maybe crean-up…

    I wonder if they had to pull her big fat ass out of an electric cart first? Any pictures on the CreaturesOfWalmart.com yet?

  16. Ron Larson says:

    In my home town, a few months back, a movie ticket taker stabbed a guy in the chest for trying to bring a Starbucks coffee with him into the theater.

  17. MikeN says:

    >Large corporations directly applying the death penalty for shoplifting will certainly improve the bottom line for large corporations.

    Shoplifting hurts small stores the most. How many inner city stores stock items outside the store?

  18. clancys_daddy says:

    #8, its trailer, single wide or modular.

  19. Alfred666 says:

    #16 – I can appreciate that stabbing. Anyone that patronizes Starbucks should be stabbed in the chest.

  20. noname says:

    This is China, authoritarianism at it’s almost finest; wada ya expect.

    If they had shot her, they would charge the husband the cost of the bullet and payable before leaving the store.

  21. noname says:

    Nice PhotoShop work McCullough.

  22. Glidedon says:

    Nice headline manipulation.

    Should read: Criminal Beaten To Death By Wal Mart Employees.

  23. Faxon says:

    Good.

  24. Faxon says:

    Show your fuckin’ receipt next time, bitch.

  25. Brock says:

    Don’t tell Pelosi or Reid about this or they will use Walmart greeters as the Health Care police.

  26. hhopper says:

    China has WalMarts?????

  27. Mao Xe (as in Blackwater) Dong says:

    In Communist China Wal-Mart, we don’t beat everyday low prices, they beat YOU (or Yu!).

    At Chinese Wal-Mart they call Chinese food….food.

    Wal-Mart in the People’s Republic of Mao…The sweet and sour smell of success.

  28. Mao Xe (as in Blackwater) Dong says:

    ba dum dum GONG!!!!!!

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