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Ofo bikes are lined up outside a subway entrance in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan province, Jan 19, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

>Ofo refund policy under fire
Ofo退押金优先外国人?
The bike-sharing service app Ofo is alleged to give higher priority to foreigners in terms of releasing deposits while neglecting mounting requests from its Chinese users struggling to get their deposits back. The Ofo app promises to refund the deposit of 199 yuan within 15 working days if users quit the service; however, complaints about never receiving deposits have been circulating and rising over past months. On Thursday, a Chinese netizen posted on the microblogging platform Sina Weibo, saying that instead of waiting forever on the phone to get through to Ofo customer service, he decided to try the "foreigner suing strategy." He wrote a fuming email to Ofo under the identity of a California native who's lived in China for about two years and doesn't speak fluent Chinese, requesting an immediate refund and threatened to sue the company. He posted again on Friday, saying a speedy refund was received in the morning, and showed a screenshot of an apology letter sent to him from the Ofo Support Team. The post sparked an outcry among Chinese netizens who are both disappointed and outraged at what seemed to be the company's two-faced treatment to its domestic and foreign customers. The hashtag, "Pretend to be foreigners and Ofo returns deposits in seconds", has received about 260 million views on Sina Weibo.
共享单车服务应用Ofo被指在退还押金时优先考虑外国人、而置不断增多的为退押金发愁的国内用户的要求于不顾。Ofo应用承诺,如用户不再使用其服务,在15个工作日内退还199元的押金;但在过去几个月,未收到押金退款的投诉四处流传且不断增加。国内一名网友13日在新浪微博上发帖称,不想浪费时间在不知多久才能打通的Ofo客服电话上,他决定尝试"外国人报案策略"。他假装自己是个来自加州、在中国生活了约两年、中文说得不太好的外国人,给Ofo写了封义愤填膺的电子邮件,要求立即退款,并威胁将起诉Ofo。他14日再次发帖称,当天一早就收到极速退款,还展示了Ofo支持团队发给他的道歉信的截图。该帖引发国内网友的强烈不满,他们对Ofo针对国内外用户的疑似双标待遇既失望又愤怒。"假装外国人Ofo秒退押金"的话题在新浪微博上的阅读量已达约2.6亿。

 

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach attends a press conference in Tokyo on December 1, 2018.[Photo/VCG]

>IOC launches online store
国际奥委会开天猫网店
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its Worldwide Top Partner Alibaba Group announced on Saturday that the first-ever Olympic official online store has been launched on Tmall, China's largest e-commerce platform. The Olympic store on Tmall offers official products of three Olympic core licensing collections - the Olympic Games Collection, the Olympic Heritage Collection and the Olympic Collection. The Olympic Games Collection includes branded products for upcoming Games like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The Olympic Heritage Collection features products from previous Olympic Games, while the Olympic Collection targets young people and will mainly offer sports equipment and toys.
国际奥委会及其全球顶级合作伙伴阿里巴巴集团15日宣布,已在我国最大的电商平台天猫上开设首家奥林匹克官方网店。奥林匹克天猫店提供3类奥运官方核心特许商品系列——奥运赛事系列,奥运经典系列和奥运品牌系列。奥运赛事系列包括东京2020年奥运会和北京2022年冬奥会等即将举行赛事的品牌产品。奥运经典系列以往届奥运会产品为主,奥运品牌系列则以年轻人为目标用户,将主要提供体育用品和玩具。

 

A man dressed as Santa Claus poses for a picture at the Santa Claus Office located on the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, Finland December 16, 2018.[Photo/VCG]

>Germany faces Santa drought
德国多地闹圣诞老人荒
Christmas in Germany could be less delightful as many regions are suffering a severe shortage of Santas, according to recruitment agencies. The Berlin Santa Claus Office, which typically receives about 2,500 bookings per year, now has fewer than 200 Santas on its books, down from 500, one of the agency's employees, Petra Henkert, told German local media Der Tagesspiegel. "We are suffering a Santa drought," Henkert said. A student services organization in Berlin has already stopped its recruitment of Santas due to lack of candidates, it said in a statement released on the internet. Santas in Germany are often hired by families to recite festive poems, stories and songs. The role has traditionally been considered a nice source of income for students. An elite Santa could usually earn 100 euros per visit and up to 500 euros per day. The shortage, "particularly severe in eastern German states such as Saxony and Brandenburg, has been caused by long hours of study, the busy lives of modern students and a decline in the Christian faith," according to Britain's The Times.
招聘中介称,德国许多地区正面临严重的圣诞老人短缺,恐将减弱圣诞节的欢乐氛围。柏林圣诞老人办公室通常每年能收到约2500个订单,但其员工赫克特向德国媒体《每日镜报》表示,如今该机构名册上的圣诞老人已从500名减少至不足200名。赫克特称:"我们正在闹圣诞老人荒。"柏林一家学生服务组织在网上发布声明称,由于缺少应聘者,已停止招聘圣诞老人。在德国,家庭通常会雇佣圣诞老人背诵节日诗歌、讲故事或唱歌。这一角色传统上被认为是学生们不错的收入来源。一名优秀的圣诞老人单次出场费通常达100欧元,一天最多能挣500欧元。英国《泰晤士报》称,圣诞老人荒是由长时间的学习、当代学生繁忙的生活以及基督教信仰衰落造成的,圣诞老人荒现象在萨克森州、勃兰登堡州等德国东部州尤其严重。

 

The Chanel logo is seen on the company's store in Monte Carlo, Monaco, December 11, 2018.[Photo/VCG]

>Chanel bans exotic skins
香奈儿宣布停用鳄鱼皮
Chanel has become the first luxury fashion house in the world to stop using exotic animal skins, like snake, crocodile, lizard and stingray. The company's head of fashion, Bruno Pavlovksy, said it had become harder to source such pelts ethically. He also included fur in the list, of which Chanel uses little. Python skin bags have reportedly been taken down from the Chanel site, but Pavlovsky said it would take a while for existing products to leave their shops. The company would now focus developing leather and other material from "agri-food" industries, he said.
香奈儿成为世界首个停止使用蛇、鳄鱼、蜥蜴、魔鬼鱼等珍稀动物皮的奢侈时尚品牌。该公司的时尚主管布鲁诺•帕甫洛夫斯基说,如今以道德上可接受的方式获取这些珍稀动物的皮越来越难。他还将动物毛也划入停用清单,不过香奈儿本来就很少用动物毛来制造产品。据报道,香奈儿官网上的蟒皮包已下架,但帕甫洛夫斯基称,现有皮制品要完全下架还需要一段时间。他说,香奈儿今后将专注于研发人造皮革和来自农产品行业的其他原材料。

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