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Drivers are angry after this Chinese company changed its name to Fast Dog

Don’t call someone a dog in China

This article originally appeared on ABACUS

Everyone loves dogs. But in China, calling someone a dog is a sure-fire way to get in trouble.

So you can see why drivers of a delivery and ride-hailing platform are furious, after the firm changed its name from 58 Courier to Kuai Gou, or Fast Dog -- causing some customers to refer to them as dogs.

According to the South China Morning Post, some of them say people have been leaving orders on the app like, “Quickly send a dog to pick up my goods!”

Video circulating online shows dozens of disgruntled drivers protesting outside a Fast Dog office, asking to be treated with dignity.

Angry drivers protesting in the central city of Zhengzhou. (Picture: Ifeng/Weibo)
One claimed the company tried to pacify them by saying shopping sites and Tmall also use a dog and a cat as logos.

“But their name is JD,” the driver retorted. “Look at Tmall. They use a cat, which is not insulting.”

Others questioned why “dog” was chosen over other quick-running animals like tigers and wolves, saying they’re reluctant to say the company’s name when greeting customers.

“When I call [a customer] to confirm an order, I can’t say ‘Hello, I’m Fast Dog,’” explained one driver. “That way it would seem like I was insulting myself or my company.”

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Fast Dog said in a statement that the name change is part of a rebranding effort to convey the feeling that it’s quick, reliable and trustworthy.

With operations in six countries and regions across Asia, Fast Dog counts Alibaba among some of its most notable investors. It belongs to 58 Home, a subsidiary of New York-listed

(Abacus is a unit of the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba.)

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