ecently, a group of incoming university students got a taste of what the real world is like, being made to eat raw eggs and bitter melon by their unsatisfied employer.
The 17 students had been hired for 10 days of work over the summer by a wedding photography studio in the city of Yichang, Hubei province. They were each given a salary of 50 yuan a day. Their boss, surnamed Yan, said that on their first day of work they would have to complete sales of 99 yuan per person, the following day their target would be raised to 498 yuan, reports the Chutian Metropolis Daily.
Yan threatened that if they did not meet their target on the first day, they would be forced to eat raw eggs and bitter melon. If they failed again on the second day, they would have to eat raw beef.
After their first day, a number of student workers had not reached their quota and were summarily punished. The following day some of the students didn’t show up for work. One of the students complained of a stomachache from eating the raw eggs and her parents went down to the photo studio to confront the owner. However, Yan rebuffed their concerns, telling them that their daughter could quit at any time.
Later, a reporter arrived at the studio to ask Yan about the situation. Yan explained that such punishments were part of her company’s “culture,“ acting as a way to better motivate her employees. Yan noted that she also gives out bonuses to those who exceed expectations and that she had swallowed down some raw eggs and bitter melon herself in the past to inspire her workers.
She also explained that she wasn’t really going to make the students eat raw beef, saying that she had only told them that to scare them.
Yan’s photography studio has been placed under investigation by local authorities in Yichang. She has promised to cease using such tactics and not make similar mistakes in the future.
Cruel as Yan’s methods may have been, the experience should at least better prepare these students for life after graduation in China.