Chinese Bank Employees Spanked, Shamed, And Abused In Public For Not ‘Exceeding Themselves’ [Video]

Alap Naik Desai - Author

Jun. 29 2016, Updated 3:53 a.m. ET

Cell phone video footage of Chinese bank employees being spanked in public for not “exceeding themselves” during a training session has gone viral. Multiple employees in uniform can be seen standing while a senior official publicly shames and verbally abuses them.

The video showing employees being “trained” involves two employees beating them with what clearly looks like a wooden plank. The video has triggered widespread criticism and public outrage, resulting in the suspension of the two executives who disciplined the employees with these abusive techniques.

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The video was first posted by the People’s Daily. The executive, who many speculate is a trainer, asks eight employees who are standing and facing the audience why they did not “exceed themselves” at training. The language either in Cantonese or Mandarin, and hence there might be some discrepancy as to what exactly is being discussed, but the common consensus appears to be that it took place during a training session.

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According to the Guardian, it was a motivational speaker/trainer who beat the employees because they did not perform well during a training weekend. The trainer, identified as Jiang Yang, later admitted on his blog that his training methods were rather harsh and completely absolved the bank’s leadership of any direct responsibility to whatever transpired on the stage during an invitation-only event.

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“Spanking was a training model I have been exploring for many years.”

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The bank where the employees worked has been identified as Changzhi Zhangze Rural Commercial Bank. While not a very large player, it is a lender in northern Shanxi province. The bank had hired a Shanghai-based training company to run a “performance breakthrough” course. A rural banking oversight body conducted a preliminary investigation and reported the incident.


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