Strong opinions were exchanged on Sina Weibo after a Guangzhou woman bought 148 cans of baby milk formula from Hong Kong supermarkets and then uploaded photos of them.
The post read: “We [the woman's family of three] finally got 148 cans of infant formula after going back and forth between Guangzhou and Hong Kong for a whole week! Now we have secured milk powder for my own baby, my sister-in-law’s baby, my aunt’s two grandchildren, and my uncle’s grandchild. By the way, I didn’t even see any barren shelves in the aisles of Hong Kong’s supermarkets.”
The photo album also showed several dozens of Zojirushi rice cookers and water bottles.
The post has evoked a heated online discussion following Hong Kong’s restrictions of the sale of baby formula. Many netizens on Weibo criticised her:
Guo Weiqing: “I don’t understand - what’s the point of showing off such outrageous behaviour?”
JimmyYeung: “I feel very embarrassed as a fellow citizen from Guangzhou. This is too much.”
duhiut: “Do you live in the village?”
sydney10: “Honestly, why don’t mainlanders focus on making concerted efforts to fight for better government control of food safety? Milk powder, water, vegetable oil - everything is tainted in China. It is not anti-government to ask for food safety. Chinese people should speak up and stop... ‘robbing’ - from the outside.”
Some said that the post was probably written by baby milk formula retailers.
Mister_George said: “I suspect this is an advertisement after looking through all the pictures. It might make sense that ‘she’ has a lot of relatives with babies - but what about the rice cookers and water bottles? Who needs that many household products? ‘She’ even includes product names and prices in these pictures.”
Yeheguleisi said: “148 cans of milk powder can’t possibly be all for personal use. Hong Kong’s new rule is exactly because of such actions. You are harming the interests of other households.”
Others implied that Hong Kong’s ban was a breach of free trade principles.
Li Yonggang: said: "Come on, the infant formula will eventually just go to the baby’s mouth. Shouldn’t intermediaries be part of a ‘free trade’ system, anyway?”