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Injured milkman fears pay loss

AN injured milkman refused to go to hospital on Thursday because he feared customers would complain to his boss and he would be docked salary.

Milkman Jin Yousheng, 40, who works for Shanghai-based Bright Dairy, cut his right foot on glass at the entrance of a complex on Luyang Road in Putuo District on Thursday.

Even though Jin was bleeding profusely, security guards were unable to persuade him to go to hospital.

He took off his underwear and used it to wrap his foot to stop the bleeding and continue his deliveries.

Still, he left a long trail of blood from the entrance of the complex to each customer's apartment. The blood on the ground, stairs and milk bottles frightened many residents. Some even thought a murder had occurred.

"I can't go to the hospital, the customers will report it to my boss," Jin said.

According to Bright Dairy's regulations, a milkman loses 10 yuan (US$1.50) for every complaint sent to his boss.

Jin said he could earn 0.2 yuan for each bottle of milk delivered. He said he had to deliver 300-plus bottles every day to earn 2,000 yuan a month to support his unemployed wife and two daughters.

If a milkman completes a month without any complaints, the company pays a 150 yuan bonus.

Jin was finally sent to Huashan Hospital with the help of his family, as he could hardly breathe due to blood loss. The Jiangsu Province native was out of danger after receiving treatment on his right foot yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, a Bright Dairy official surnamed Zhang yesterday called on residents to be more understanding and not treat milkmen rudely or threaten to report them for trivial matters.

"The milkmen are serving thousands of households, they may be low paid but they are not doing an insignificant job," Zhang said.

He said many residents report milkmen to their supervisors for making noise early in the morning when they make deliveries.

Zhang said Bright Dairy checks each complaint carefully before deciding if punishment is necessary.


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