Daim­ler to co­op­er­ate over em­ployee’s park­ing lot dis­pute

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY Li Lei contributed to this story.

Daim­ler Trucks and Buses (China) Ltd said the com­pany will “take all nec­es­sary mea­sures” af­ter Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties con­cluded an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into one of its em­ploy­ees who is al­leged to have in­sulted a Chi­nese in a car park­ing dis­pute in Bei­jing.

The com­pany made the state­ment on Mon­day af­ter an on­line post about the in­ci­dent at noon on Sun­day sparked out­rage among ne­ti­zens.

A Chi­nese was back­ing his car into a park­ing space in River Gar­den Villa in the cap­i­tal’s Shunyi dis­trict when a for­eigner drove his ve­hi­cle into the space, the post said.

When the Chi­nese con­fronted the for­eigner, the lat­ter said: “I have been in China for a year. The first thing I learned here is that all Chi­nese are bas­tards”, ac­cord­ing to the post.

It also said the man is a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive ofMercedes- Benz and he used pep­per spray to dis­perse peo­ple ir­ri­tated by his re­mark, caus­ing dis­com­fort to one per­son’s eyes.

The in­ci­dent re­ceived wide pub­lic at­ten­tion af­ter two lo­cal news­pa­pers — the Bei­jing Times and Bei­jing News — re­ported it on their web­sites on Sun­day and Mon­day re­spec­tively.

Lo­cal po­lice said they re­sponded to the dis­pute in a timely man­ner, adding that the two par­ties in­volved reached an agree­ment through me­di­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased late on Mon­day by Shunyi dis­trict po­lice, which did not give fur­ther de­tails about the in­ci­dent.

In a media state­ment, DTBC, which sells Mercedes-Benz Act ros, Axor and Atego trucks in China, con­firmed the man is its em­ployee and said it will “fully co­op­er­ate” on an in­ves­ti­ga­tion over the “per­sonal dis­pute”.

Es­tab­lished in Bei­jing in Septem­ber 2012, DTBC is re­spon­si­ble for Daim­ler’s busi­ness op­er­a­tions in­volv­ing im­ported trucks, spe­cial trucks and buses in China.

“We deeply re­gret the out­come of the per­sonal dis­pute. The words and ac­tions in­volved in this dis­pute as re­ported in the media do not rep­re­sent at all the views of the com­pany,” it said. “Af­ter the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we will take all nec­es­sary mea­sures ac­cord­ingly.”

China Daily failed to reach the two par­ties in­volved in the dis­pute.

A Ger­man res­i­dent of River Gar­den Villa and neigh­bor of the two par­ties, who only gave her name as Anne, re­ferred to the in­ci­dent as “more of a cul­tural thing”.

“Ger­mans can be quite di­rect. That guy might not have been com­pletely ac­cus­tomed to Chi­nese cul­ture,” she said.

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