Woman Discovers Letter From Chinese Prisoner After Buying Purse At Walmart


A woman in Arizona buys a new purse where she finds an odd letter by a prisoner written in Chinese.

Laura Wallace went shopping and purchased a new bag from Sierra Vista Walmart. When Wallace opened the bag, she found a hidden letter in the zipper area in the purse.

Being curious, Wallace asked one of her friends who speak Chinese to translate the letter for her; only to discover a very sad truth about the mysterious Chinese prisoner.

The Letter

In the letter, the Chinese prisoner wrote:

“Inmates in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China are working 14 hours daily with no break/rest at noon, continue working overtime until 12 midnight, and whoever doesn’t finish his work will be beaten. Their meals are without oil and salt. Every month, the boss pays the inmate 2000 yuan, any additional dishes will be finished by the police. If the inmates are sick and need medicine, the cost will be deducted from the salary. Prison in China is unlike prison in America, horse cow goat pig dog (meaning inhumane treatment).”

Surprised by the message in the letter, Wallace asked two more people to translate the letter for her. Both people confirmed the first translation.

“I’m very sure that that’s exactly what the note says,” Wallace said to KVOA.


Wallace shared the content of the letter in hope to spread awareness in the world.

“I don’t want this to be an attack on any store,” Wallace said. “That’s not the answer. This is happening at all kinds of places and people just probably don’t know,” she said.

In a statement to the KVOA by Walmart, where Wallace bought her bag, they said:

“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.”