07The Indians have had a powerful industry for a long time, but unfortunately also a very big problem: The air is thicker than molasses, and this smog is so bad that the people in Delhi have bad breathing problems and are getting sick by the dozen.
It is just as bad for the Chinese, they also have a flourishing economy that even makes Americans green with envy, but unfortunately, no more air to breathe. Chinese air can literally be cut into strips and sold as chewing gum (which is what the Chinese have probably been doing for a while now).
Even in the countryside, Chinese air is still much more poisonous than, for example, in Birmingham, the city with the worst air in Britain.
Let’s stay in Great Britain. There is a family living there who, according to their own statement, has real compassion for the poor Chinese. These good people – Lester Hatchinson* (27), his mother Marylou (47), and sister Priscilla (24) – live in a town in Western England and have developed a great business idea in the face of the exhausted people in China. They “harvest” the West English country air with large plastic bags and fill them into jars, which are then hermetically sealed. The Hatchinsons then sell these jars with the delicious fresh English country air to the Chinese. For 80 Pounds per glass, which are about 100 Euro.
This story went through the media like wildfire, so we interviewed the Hatchinson family. They admitted that they actually don’t even live in this western English town, but in Birmingham.
We asked: „And you drive over 200 kilometers to the countryside every day to harvest fresh air?”. The family began to hem and haw and finally said: „Well, we went to the countryside at the beginning, but the fuel costs were reducing the profit considerably. And we can mail out more glasses if we stay in Birmingham“, Lester said embarrassed. But this still wouldn’t be fraud because they would receive the glasses from a company in Swiss, already hermetically sealed.
Marylou explained that the Swiss air is known to be very clean and fresh and that the Chinese buyers will not be able to tell the difference. The Hatchinson family prudently doesn’t open the glasses with the healthy Swiss air but sends them directly to China so that the disgusting smog in Birmingham cannot contaminate the air in the glasses.
In order to comply with our obligation to exercise journalistic diligence, we asked the Swiss company whether the air in the glasses actually comes from the Swiss mountains. The spokesman was very friendly and said: „We obtain the glasses from an Indian company who claims to manufacture the glasses in Nepal, where the air is supposedly even better than in Swiss or West England.”
The CEO of the Indian company gave us the phone number of their Nepalese business partner, who told us that they had not been producing the glasses themselves for years, but that they were getting the glasses already hermetically sealed from abroad. So we asked: „And where are the glasses made now?”. The man giggled: „Well, in China, of course, it’s ridiculously cheap…!”.
*All names changed
This glass contains the purest air from Bad-Cannstatt certified by experts. The Mayor of Stuttgart, Fritz Kuhn, will not miss the opportunity to sniff on every single glass before it is exported to China for 280 Euro…