On the evening of November 20, the news of "Mercedes-Benz Executive in China Insulted Chinese and Sprayed Passers-by with Pepper Water" was spread in the network and drew national attention. It was originally no big deal than a trivial thing of"grabbing parking space", but received much concerns for the improper and abusing remarks of the Chinese peopleby the Mercedes-Benz executive. According to the comments of net users, the event has been raised to the level of "insulting China", once the police verifiedthe news, all Mercedes-Benz business in China would be affected.Mercedes-Benz would be sleepless tonight.
The event was originally reported in an internet post, then jinghua.cn under Beijing Times reported as follows:
It was reported today around 12 noon that a foreign company executive in China insulted China under the watchful eyes in Beijing Shunyi central villa area.
It occurred because of an insignificant parking dispute: a Chinese owner was reversing his car into a parking space when a black Mercedes-Benz R-series car suddenly drove from behind and quickly seized the parking space, and the driver was a white middle-aged man.
The Chinese owner tried to reason with the man, while the white man shouted loudly, "I am in China one year already. The first thing I learned here is：ALL YOU CHINESE ARE BASTARD！"
The people around were very angry and surrounded the man to reason with him, but the foreign man came up with pepper spray to disperse the surrounding people, and unfortunately the eyes of one Chinese owner were hurt.It was verified that the foreign man is one executive in China of German Mercedes-Benz, and his name is Rainer Gartner. The Chinese owners were very angry and ready to start legal proceedings to hold the foreign men legal responsibility.
Later, it is checked that the 50-year-old Rainer Gartnerhas been the President and CEO of Daimler Card Bus (China) Co., Ltd.since 1 July 2015, and the former head of Daimler Truck Korea.
The event has caused public outrage. As of November 21 at 0:30 am, there has been 12471 comments by Tencent users, nearly 10 million users participated in the comments, and 23,000comments have been received after Sina released thenews for 3 hours.
As of November 21 at 00:45 pm, the latest news from Shunyi police showed that two owners in a certain community in Shunyi had disputes for parking problems, and it was under further investigation.
As the largest single market of Benz, the Chinese market has robust demand. In October, the sales volume of Benz (excluding Smart) in China was 42,224, an increase of 27.6%. The sales of Mercedes-Benz in China in the first ten months surged 29.3% year on year, reaching 387,015, exceeding the annual sales of 2015 of 373,459 cars.
Before the release of the final official news, China.com does not make comments. If things are true, and Mercedes-Benz China apologizes, should Chinese people accept and let it go? Respect is not supported by words, action is more important than words!