Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Thundershower    32 / 25 ℃  City Forecast

English>>China Society

Most stores close after crackdown rumors

By Xu Chi (Shanghai Daily)

08:12, August 08, 2012

MOST stores on the streets of Shenyang City were closed by their owners who feared hefty fines after a widespread rumor that a police crackdown on counterfeited goods was targeting them.

The city government in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province in northeastern China, yesterday issued an announcement to refute the rumor. It said the city had not launched any crackdown or planned to punish vendors with hefty fines, and it encouraged shop owners to reopen.

The announcement was issued after many residents in Shenyang complained online that their lives were seriously disturbed as most stores were closed to avoid the crackdown during the past three weeks, reported Nanfang Daily.

"It's like an empty city!" a barber who gave his name as Abu told the newspaper. "I just went to a big supermarket and saw many people panic-buying water and instant noodles, just like refugees."

Some residents said online that they can't even find an open grocery shop to purchase rice or a restaurant to have dinner or a barber shop to have a haircut.

"Finally I found a barber shop still open in a shady street to have my hair cut late at night. They opened the door for me like an underground organization," a commenter said on Weibo.

The newspaper said in some areas, over 95 percent of the shops were closed.

Some vendors told reporters that they would rather suffer some loss of sales than be checked by law enforcement teams. They said they heard rumors that the teams would punish them with hefty fines and even detain them if they found anything violating the laws.

A shop owner surnamed Tan told the newspaper he heard a rumor in July saying law enforcement would check shops for counterfeit goods and many stores had been fined. Tan said his shop had been closed for seven days and he had lost tens of thousands of yuan in business, but still he didn't plan to reopen.

Another vendor said they had to pay over 10,000 yuan (US$1570) in fines, and shop owners were running the risk of having trouble with police.

"For example, one of your healthy employees was found to have not gone through an annual health check, then the boss would be immediately taken away by police and he had to pay certain amount of money before he can be set free," the vendor told the newspaper.

The local industrial and commercial bureau denied launching an anti-counterfeit goods campaign, but some shop managers told the newspaper surprise checks were conducted by both police and the market watchdog in July.

Warning:Products to be careful of News we recommend

Fly found in Wang Zai milk Who responsible for Apple's standard ?  Amway vitamin C short in weight
Infants' drinking cups fail inspection  TwoBebes infant formula contaminated Cockroaches in box of Carrefour's drinking
Apple, how can you forgive yourself Porsche to recall 72 Panamera in China Hyundai recalls 222,000  vehicles


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. APF servicemen in emergency rescue

  2. Syrian children at Al Zaatri refugee camp in Jordanian city

  3. Chinese firms turn to Internet

  4. Don't eat these foods with peel

  5. Olive oil used to rescue squirrel

  6. Movie---Love on credit

Most Popular


  1. Why U.S. veteran go on shooting rampage?
  2. Officials, you are not above the people
  3. Editorial: Avoid big stimulus plan
  4. At a development crossroads
  5. Clinton visit won't affect China-Africa ties
  6. Washington stuck in political paralysis
  7. Commentary: Outlook not that pessimistic
  8. Editorial: Mission for eurozone leaders
  9. UN resolution adds pressure to Syria gov't
  10. What is wrong with products made in China?

What's happening in China

Young mothers gather to breast-feed babies

  1. 13 killed, 3 missing in central China rainstorm
  2. Huaxi once again aims sky-high with own copter
  3. E. China city braces for typhoon Haikui's landfall
  4. Companies charge to up viewing figures
  5. Survey: Students prefer variety shows to news

China Features

  1. Why Hollywood favores China's actresses?
  2. Dongfeng Honda to recall 76,000 CR-Vs
  3. How to protect yourself during heavy rainstorms?
  4. Are synthetic drugs toxic?
  5. Amway vitamin C tablets short in weight

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai