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Manager in China motivates staff by making them tear up their money

Video of salespeople in Shandong province forced to tear up 100-yuan notes fuels online outrage

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 March, 2017, 7:50pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 March, 2017, 7:50pm

A manager at a retail store in eastern China motivates her underperforming sales staff by forcing them to tear up their own 100-yuan bills.

A video showing five young salespeople tearing up the notes at the command of their boss at a Gome electrical appliance store in Jinan, Shandong province drew condemnation over the weekend.

The incident took place on the evening of March 22, according to a report by China Daily. The five employees were forced to tear up the cash because they did not meet their daily sales quotas of 100 deals.

The local police department gave the manager a warning and fined her 1,000 yuan (US$688). The manager said that she had meant to teach her employees not to waste company resources.

In the video, the manager shouts at the employees and insists that they tear up the cash if they want to keep their jobs, although it also shows staff members warning her that destroying money is illegal.

The police department said that any deliberate destruction of yuan would result in a police warning and a fine of up to 10,000 yuan.

The video caused widespread outrage among mainland social media users.