BY SAM FIELDS
Charles Starnes–“Chip” to his friends–brings to mind the old joke about a guy reading his fortune cookie: “HELP. I’M A PRISONER IN A CHINESE FORTUNE COOKIE FACTORY.”
In Starnes case it’s his Chinese factory and it’s the workers that have imprisoned him. Meanwhile, not surprisingly, the Beijing police are standing by and doing nothing.
His company, Specialty Medical Supplies, is a Coral Springs based business that went to China for the cheap labor and little regulation.
Recently, with hourly labor costs zooming up to the luxurious $3 level, he decided to move his operations to India where you can pay even less!
The workers, citing to some Chinese law, demanded severance packages averaging $5000 each. They coerced him to sign some agreement in Chinese—which he does not read.
As I write this, a couple of hundred laid off workers have surrounded Starnes depriving him of food, water and sleep.
And here’s what the American government should do about this: NOTHING, NADA, NIX, ZIPPO! Make him an object lesson for others that want to move their operations overseas.
Third World countries are the home to crony capitalism. You want to safely do business in China? You better make a partner of someone in the local Communist Party or the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
It wouldn’t surprise me if Starnes ends up in the hoosegow while they extort his last dime out of him. While I don’t wish him serious physical harm, I wouldn’t care one whit if he came home a bit roughed up and dead broke. Let him be an object lesson to all these Ex-pat Americans who want to get into the equivalent of Third World wildcatting.
There is a price to be paid for economic treason.
I wonder if they are promoting this at The Chinese Sourcing Fair that is going on at the Miami Beach Convention Center from June 25-27?
I doubt it.