The Peking Order worries that some of the readers of Danwei.org - the indispensable online guide to China's media - are not as intelligent as the people behind the popular website.
Danwei recently posted the following audio recording of a Chinese telephone operator of a Shanghai food delivery business being berated by an angry American customer:
Just as entertaining as the recording are the comments left on this usually high-brow website. Many are no more than idiotic anti-American rants. Take, for example, this wisecrack from Mr Sweden:
Typical American! He wanted extra burger for the same price so he could be even more FAT. Eat less you wankers.
And people criticise Chinese online opinion for being small-minded!
However, most suprising was that not one of the hundred people who left comments raised suspicions that this could be a hoax - a clever piece of viral marketing on behalf of the restaurant mentioned in the clip. This is why The Peking Order smelled a rat:
- While the names of the beleaguered employee and the company she works for are removed, Blue Frog's name is mentioned three times very clearly.
- If I was either of those two people my voice would falter. The customer is speaking loudly but he hardly loses his composure, something you might expect from such a man. Likewise, the girl sounds quiet but she seems a little too cool considering the nature of the abuse she is receiving.
- Do food delivery places actually record conversations? And if so, would they really disclose them to the public, especially considering that it is such a harsh critique on their service and is an unfavourable comparison to one of their competitors?
What do the discerning readers of The Peking Order think? We are awaiting a response from Danwei as to the source of this suspicious recording.