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Outrage over USA Olympic Uniforms

       The United States Olympic uniforms have been unveiled. For the opening ceremonies the athletes will be decked out in red, white, and blue. While the outfits were designed by Ralph Lauren, a prestigious American designer, they are manufactured in China.

       Needless to say this has caused outrage throughout the public and government. Senate majority leader Harry Reid was quoted as saying, “I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves.” People all over the government are not happy with this decision.  Steve Israel, a House Democrat, was upset as well and stated “Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China?” One member went so far to say that the outfits should be burned and re-made in America.       

When new stations reached out to Ralph Lauren and the U.S Olympic Committee, asking why the outfits had not been made in America, the committee made this statement: ““The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”


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Gucci Employee Abuse Exposed

Shanghai's Gucci store.

Reports have surfaced that a Gucci flagship store in China has been treating its workers poorly. The five former employees who lodged complaints against the company said they were forced to follow strict, inhumane rules.

Employees worked long hours without pay and had a five minute limit in the restroom. One female employee revealed that all workers, including pregnant women, were forced to stand on their feet for sometimes more than ten hours a day. Workers were not even allowed to get a drink of water without the approval of a supervisor.

Gucci’s China office responded to the allegations by announcing that employee welfare has always been a top priority for the company. They also said an investigation of the complaints is going to be launched and the situation will be dealt with properly. A former manager at the brand’s Beijing office admitted that it was common for employees to be mistreated. However, the manager also mentioned that the “problems are not associated with the brand. Rather, they were caused by the mismanagement of Gucci’s China branch.”

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