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Fake Sick Notes a Booming Business in Football-Mad China

by Kathy Jones on June 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM
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 Fake Sick Notes a Booming Business in Football-Mad China

The ongoing FIFA World Cup has seen the rise of a new business in China as people are selling fake sick notes in order help football fans deal with a 11-hour time difference between Brazil and China and provide them with a ready-made excuse to stay up all night.

A search by AFP for "Beijing" and "sick notes service" returned 49,500 results on Chinese search engine Baidu on Thursday, with vendors providing photocopies of hospital certificates with official stamps and doctor's signatures in their "product catalogue".

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Such documents have long been available in China, where corruption is frequent and fake goods of all kinds are for sale.

But the country's biggest online consumer-to-consumer platform Taobao banned searches for "World Cup" and "sick notes" after a surge in offers of the certificates in recent days, the Beijing Youth Daily reported this week.
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Nonetheless sellers have kept business going on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo and other social networking websites.

"The World Cup is coming and the huge time difference may affect Chinese football fans' watching all the games. I hereby launch the sick notes providing service to meet the demand," a user with the online handle "Guitarist playing a Ukulele" wrote on May 30.

The soon-to-be-unwell can pick from a range of illnesses, from fever and fractures to abortion and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -- the infectious disease that caused hundreds of fatalities in China in 2003.

"I run the business honestly and will keep your order an absolute secret," said the user.

Sick notes are mostly sold at 20 yuan ($3.20) each on one social networking website popular among students and graduates, the Beijing Youth Daily report said.

A seller said she sold around 30 notes every day and posted pictures of piles of delivery receipts as evidence, it said.

Another vendor told the paper: "Many people buy this. It's very reliable."

Source: AFP
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