Daimler looks into employee’s incident of insulting Chinese

By Chen Qingqing Source:Global Times Published: 2016/11/21 14:28:39 Last Updated: 2016/11/21 14:33:39

Daimler Greater China said on Monday morning that the company is cooperating fully with authorities investigating the case of an executive who allegedly insulted the Chinese people.

Rainer Gaertner, CEO of Daimler Trucks and Buses China, got into an argument with a Chinese resident over a parking spot on Sunday in Shunyi in northeastern Beijing, according to a story on the domestic news portal sohu.com. "I am in China one year already. The first thing I learned here is that all you Chinese are bastards," the story reported Gaertner as saying.

After hearing what Gaertner said, people nearby approached to argue with him, but Gaertner pulled out some pepper spray and attacked them, the report said. One person was injured.

The company said in an statement to the Global Times that it deeply regrets this personal argument, the content of which does not in any way represent the views of the company.

Daimler values equality and respect in our corporate culture, and the same applies in China.

Gaertner has been the CEO of Daimler's Chinese business unit for more than a year, according to his LinkedIn profile. Previously, he was based in Seoul, South Korea, as CEO of Daimler Trucks Korea.

Shunyi police told the Global Times on Monday that there was no information about the case to share with the public.

A 30-year-old resident in Beijing surnamed Long, who bought a Mercedes-Benz GLK300 crossover SUV in May 2014, said an employee's personal behavior should not affect a company's operations.

"It's an individual case, which should not affect the brand, but this guy should be punished for insulting the Chinese people," he told the Global Times.

After the investigation is complete, Daimler will take all necessary measures accordingly, the announcement said.

A friend of the person injured in the incident said in an online post that this type of foreigner is earning money in China while insulting the Chinese people, and they hate China from the bottom of their hearts.

Yuan Guobao, a co-founder of NewMedia, said in a microblog post that the situation is getting worse for Daimler. Not only did one of its executives insult a group of people, but also attacked them.

Yuan speculated that the company's public relations department must be busy today.

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