News or Noise: Woman claims she found note from Chinese prisoner in Walmart purse

May 03, 2017 11:34 PM

Laura Wallace tells our NBC affiliate in Tucson that her mother-in-law purchased a purse from her local Walmart. What she says she found inside was shocking.

She says it was a tiny folded up note inside a zipper compartment. It was written in Chinese. "It actually stated that the person who wrote that was a prisoner in China. Basically what their situation was and how they work long hours, 14 hours a day. And they don't have a lot to eat."

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According to a translator, the note went on to say inmates would be beaten if they didn't finish their work.

But is there any truth to the letter?

We do know that similar letters have been traced back to stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and K-Mart over the years -- and in one case the writer was tracked down in China.

As for this letter, Walmart issued this statement to News 4 Tucson: "We can't comment specifically on this note, because we have no way to verify the origin of the letter, but one of our requirements for the suppliers who supply products for sale at Walmart is all work should be voluntary as indicated in our Standards for Suppliers."

So, until a little more information is gathered about this letter, we're calling this story 50-50. We'll continue to look for updates and pass them along as we learn them.


Jennifer Mobilia

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