Chinese workers can fork over up to 300 yuan ($50) to buy official-looking sick notes so they can stay home to watch the World Cup.
According to some black-market investigating from The Telegraph, an underground network of counterfeiters are selling fake sick notes for soccer-mad fans looking to skip work and watch the games.
Website Taobao, the Chinese equivalent of eBay, is doing a booming business in fake excuses. However, the prices and effectiveness of the notes vary widely.
The Telegraph managed to purchase one of the fancier notes. It appears to come from one of Shanghai’s best hospitals and reads: ”Diagnosis: upper respiratory tract infection. Suggestion: one day of sick leave.” It also includes several official-looking stamps.
(Image: Taobao/The Telegraph)
There are no guarantees that the notes will work, though. One unlucky customer posted on Taobao: “A fake. My company discovered and now I’ve been sacked.”
Many Chinese fans may wind up needing real doctors’ notes for sleep deprivation, as most of the World Cup games kick off between midnight and 6 a.m. local time.
(h/t Dirty Tackle)