Saturday, November 29, 2014
A clothing store in Beijing has provoked outrage after posting a sign in the window banning Chinese customers
The sign translated to: "Chinese not admitted, except for staff." A shop assistant explained that it was because Chinese customers are irritating. One employee at the shop on Yabaolu Street, a popular shopping destination, said that Chinese customers are too annoying and that Chinese women often try on lots of clothes but end up buying nothing. A reporter from the Beijing Youth Daily entered the store posing as a customer but was refused by staff, who said that they did not sell clothes to Chinese nationals. An employee said that the sign had been put after a Chinese customer stole a tourist's wallet and the owners of the shop were forced to pay $5000 in compensation. "We didn't mean to debase our nationals, but sometimes they have gone too far", one employee said. Li Xiandong, a professor from China University of Political Science and Law, said that although the sign is discriminatory, the owner hasn't broken any laws as racial discrimination is not illegal in China.