Skip to comments.Plea for Help From Man Claiming to Be Chinese Prisoner Found in Saks Bag
Posted on 04/30/2014 3:20:08 PM PDT by Theoria
Stephanie Wilson was reaching for a receipt inside a paper shopping bag from Saks Fifth Avenue when she found a letter pleading, "HELP HELP HELP."
The message, written in blue ink on white lined paper, appeared to be a desperate cry from a man who said he made the bag while being unfairly held in a Chinese prison factory more than 7,000 miles away.
"We are ill-treated and work like slaves for 13 hours every day producing these bags in bulk in the prison factory," continued the letter, which was tucked into the bottom of the bag. It ended, "Thanks and sorry to bother you."
"I read the letter and I just shook," said Wilson, 28, an Australian who lives in West Harlem. "I could not believe what I was reading."
The note, which Wilson found after buying a pair of Hunter rain boots at Saks in September 2012, was signed Tohnain Emmanuel Njong and was accompanied by a small passport-photo sized color picture of a man in an orange jacket, she said.
The letter, which also included a Yahoo email address on the back, triggered a hunt for the whereabouts of the mystery man.
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Bizarre. I’m glad he’s free. But from what little we know, there are many prisoners in North Korea that will live and die in slave labor camps.
We buy lots of stuff made by Chinese slaves. The only way to avoid it is not to buy ANYTHING made in China.
Right....because not buying things will suddenly make places with long histories of human rights abuses utopic.
“HELP HELP HELP.”
I don’t quite know what to make of this.
This man does not look Chinese to me. Is there more information?
The way prison works in China is that inmates have to literally earn their keep. While I have no idea if whatever is produced actually pays for the cost of incarceration, I’ve read (only from English-language sources, owing to the limits of my Berlitz-acquired conversational Chinese skills) that meals are served, contingent on individual production quotas.
I used to work at Kerrville State Hospital. I would get donated items from Volunteer Services for prizes for games with the patients. One donated item was a wooden keychain bearing the words “Help, Get me out of here”. The keychains were made locally at a ranch....
later named the Ellebracht Slave Ranch when it was discovered the owner picked up hitchikers, and enslaved, even murdered them for free labor. It wasn’t until later when the slave ranch was exposed that I wondered if the maker of the key chain was issuing a cry for help.
I found a note in a Chinese Fortune Cookie at the Peking Moon almost like that. I took the note to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC and asked them to help him.
They said they’d look into the matter. That was 30 years ago and I haven’t heard from them.
I do my best but there are a lot things, I find, that claim to be made in USA or other places that are made of Chinese materials.
I almost lost my boat a few years ago when a "Made in USA" wire rope stay came apart in a gale at sea. I later learned that, in fact, all the wire comes from China. It is laid up into cable in US mills and therefore "Made in USA". Such is the case with a good many "Domestic" products and most imports from Europe and elsewhere too.
This guy is an African and it’s either a scam, or it’s a hoax by some class-warfare loving lefty to guilt rich people into not shopping Saks.
SCAM SCAM SCAM
Ever tried that? Even American made products might have some Chinese parts in it. My American Made bicycle has Chinese made parts on it.
Yahoo email address, huh?
From a desperate African guy, huh...?
Kay, well, ANY person who responds to that email addy is SOMEONE SYMPATHETIC.
Who shops at Saks Avenue.
See where this is going...?
This is just the latest twist on the “General Mombutu bids you kindest warm salutations in the highest confidence, and asks you for cooperation in sensitive banking matter, though your commission will sadly be limited to only FOURTEEN MILLION U.S. DOLLARS.”
And most people don’t realize that that is an African variation on a scam that dates literally from the French Revolution, the ole,
“I am a deposed French royal stuck in a Spanish prison, and I need a small amount of money to get out of jail and later access my enormous gold fortune, spirited out of pre-Revolutionary France...”
Yeah, that’s where those guys in Lagos got that —they didn’t even make it up, not really.
And even THAT scam is a twist on another one that goes back several hundred MORE years.
The Chinese probably figure if their new friends the Arabs can take African slaves anytime they want, why can’t we do it too. The Western liberals don’t care. They only care about slavery from 150 years ago, not slavery today. Slavery today is fine, as long as you are Arab, or I guess now it’s ok for the Chinese, too. Certainly no one at Brandeis University will care about it.
You don’t think it’s possible for someone from Cameroon to have been imprisoned in China? We do have these things called “aeroplanes” now...
It’s worth following that link just to see the picture of the guy (in the comments section) dressed up as a penis for Halloween.
wow, I wonder how many black chinamen know how to read and write Engrish?
Actually, I just typed in Ellebracht Slave Ranch, and linked to the second thing that came up..Guess I should've linked to Wikipedia.
Hope this helps! I too thought he certainly didn’t appear Chinese. From the article: “Unprompted, Njong described obscure details in the letter, like its mention of Samuel Eto’o, a professional soccer player on English premiere league team Chelsea, who like Njong is from Cameroon in West Africa.
He added that he wrote a total of five letters while he was behind bars some in French that he hid in bags labeled with French words, and others in English, he said.
Njong, who is now 34, said he had been teaching English in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen when he was arrested in May 2011 and charged with fraud, a crime he said he never committed.”
I haven’t heard that song in what seems like forever.
I miss the early days of MTV! Good times.