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Sick as a parrot

Sick as a parrot

In China the market for counterfeit sick notes has taken off dramatically, reports the Shanghai Daily.

Football mad Chinese are paying as little as Rmb20 ($3) for doctors’ certificates that allow them to stay up through the night to watch World Cup matches. The newspaper mentions one vendor called Lu Hui who has set up a website to offer the fake notes. “If you want to watch the football games, I can offer you a two-week sick-leave letter showing that you were suffering from a gastric ulcer,” he told an undercover reporter. That costs a little bit more: a fortnight’s sickie goes for Rmb120.

“Your boss would not doubt the letters,” Lu added, advising that he’d already sold 50 of them.

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