There's nothing like putting on a brand new pair of socks... only to discover a smuggled note written by a Chinese prisoner inside them. Disturbing as it may be, it's just the latest in a string of controversial discoveries that shoppers at cheap-as-chips retailer Primark have made in recent years. From cry for help labels stitched onto the inside of clothes to SOS notes stuffed into trouser pockets - Primark's use of sweatshop labour has been widely documented - yet the latest sock scandal is no less confronting.
Lucy Kirk found a note written in Mandarin stuffed in the bottom of her Dad's pair of socks, allegedly from a Chinese prisoner named Ting Kun Ding from the Anhui Province. Tweeting the note to her followers to spread the word, Kirk told metro.co.uk, "'I have been in touch with Primark, but some information I wasn't willing to give them. I felt if I gave them too much information on the product they would be able to track this and there would be consequences for workers."
Here's what the note reads:
To everyone who supports justice, please help.
My name is Ting Kun Ding, a 39-year-old male. I am a resident in Anhui Province, (address). Due to the corruption of my local government, I was accused of 'kidnapping' on June 29 and have been in a prison until this day.My wife is locked up in a mental institute. On May 22 2014, my dad was murdered in a hospital. Whoever is reading this, I hope you can pass this message to our President Xi Jinping through the media.
Local governments are extremely corrupt and are going against the principles and policies of our federal government, covering up all their faults and accusing innocents of illegal matter. I stand my ground with our federal government and hope Xi Jinping protect the country's people.
Ting Kun Ding signing off
While Primark say they've been the target of hoaxes like this before, they say it's not easy to investigate when they don't have the product. According to a spokesperson, "This allegation that a note was found in a Primark sock, cannot be corroborated because sadly neither the product, the packaging or a receipt has been given to us, despite the fact we have asked for them repeatedly. Unfortunately, without this information we cannot investigate." Let's hope they change their minds.