Managers at a home improvement firm in Southern China have been jailed for cruel and unusual punishment of workers in which staff were flogged and forced to drink urine and eat cockroaches for missing sales targets.
A widely-shared video posted on Chinese social media site Weibo shows a male employee standing in the middle of a circle, getting whipped with a belt.
The footage was titled "Employees who failed to meet their goals forced to drink urine".
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The post was viewed nearly 540,000 times.
They were filmed performing the sickening acts inside the office of a decorating company based in Zunyi city, in southwestern Guizhou Province.
Police took action after videos emerged showing workers being whipped with a belt and drinking a yellow liquid.
The post was later deleted but saved by many people.
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Screenshots of what were said to be messages from the managers threaten staff that they will have to eat cockroaches for poor performances.
"If the sales goal has not been met by the end of this month, the team leader will have to eat three cockroaches for each failed sale", one message, via the report, read.
According to reports on social media, underperforming staff at the company were also forced to drink toilet water or vinegar, have their heads shaved, or sell condoms on the street.
Managers who were only identified by their surnames - Guo, Cai, and Huang - were jailed for between five and 10 days for the abuse inflicted on their employees.
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Many people on social media have asked why the employees did not quit their jobs, but one staff member told Pear Video that they were owed two months' pay by the company.