CHINA

No dogs, no farmers…

A blogger from Jilin province came across this shocking image on display outside a shopping centre in the town of Changchun. Discrimination plain and clear? Oh no, says the mall. Read their excuses...

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A blogger from Jilin province came across this shocking image on display outside a shopping centre in the town of Changchun. Discrimination plain and clear? Oh no, says the mall.

Artist and blogger Bao Yongliang took the photos and posted it on his blog, adding this comment: "Don't tell me oh-so-professionally that this is the international symbol for improper attire. F*** that. I used my mobile phone to take the photo and they came to stop me. This is a place with no freedom or rights whatsoever."

We contacted Bao but he preferred not to elaborate.

The rules in full

“The logo is merely there to remind customers to dress correctly”

Miss Zhou Peng is administrative manager of the ZhuoZhan Charter shopping centre.

Yes these stickers are displayed by the entrances to the centre. But our mall is open to everybody and we had no intention of preventing certain groups from buying our products. If you look carefully, you'll see that the person's hat is not put straight, she's not wearing shoes, and is not wearing much. The logo is merely there to remind customers to dress correctly when they come shopping here.

It's true that this logo might give the wrong impression, that it could be associated with farmers, especially for foreigners. We're going to discuss the matter and make any necessary changes."