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Chinese Bank Spanks Workers, and the Internet Gives It a Flogging

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BEIJING — The training session started with a harsh public shaming. A performance coach took to the stage and asked eight employees at a Chinese bank to explain to a room of their peers why they had fallen short.

“I didn’t cooperate well,” a woman said.

“I wasn’t courageous enough,” another confessed.

Then the session took a bizarre turn. The coach brandished a wooden stick and shouted, “Get your behinds ready!” He proceeded to slap the employees on their rears, going down the line four times. A woman recoiled in pain, and several workers gasped.

By Tuesday, a video of the episode had provoked widespread anger in China. The coach, Jiang Yang, apologized, and two executives at the bank that hosted the session, Zhangze Rural and Commercial Bank in Changzhi, a northern city, were suspended.

Bad bank! Good Internet!

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