Work­ers fired for ap­ple sale to 1 buyer

The Asian Age - - World -

Ha­vana: Sev­eral em­ploy­ees of a Cuban su­per­mar­ket were fired for selling 15,000 ap­ples to a sin­gle cus­tomer. The coun­try is plagued by food short­ages. State news out­let Granma re­ported that the em­ploy­ees in­volved were let go af­ter news of the sale first broke on the blog of a Cuban jour­nal­ist, who wit­nessed it at a su­per­mar­ket in Ha­vana. A group of “young, husky peo­ple” who were “or­gan­ised in a quasi- mil­i­tary” way ap­peared at the store and bought 150 cases of 100 ap­ples, ac­cord­ing to Iorel Sanchez, who said all the fruit was for a sin­gle cus­tomer. The buyer paid around 45 cents per ap­ple, ac­cord­ing to re­ceipts pub­lished in the blog. It is not un­com­mon in Cuba for a trader to buy a large stock of food to re­sell.

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