‘Tommy Hilfiger’ Wool Vest for Wu Yuren-rejected by staff at center!

December 16, 2010

Tuesday when the lawyer, Li Fangping, went in to see Dawu, we learned that he is in need of a some winter clothes. So, despite the fact that he was fitted out in thick padded cotton clothes for winter on the day of his trial, apparently that was a bit of a show, as they are not given jail issue winter outer wear. So, last night I was at the Sunny Gold Street clothing and accessories market at 7 pm buying a set of cotton long underwear and a cozy woolen ‘Tommy Hilfiger’ vest, steel grey in color. Finely fake, 60 RMB.

This morning as it was the number plate restriction for my car, I had to drive about 5 miles out of the way to avoid driving within the 5th ring road to reach the detention center. I arrived in time (clothing and money drop offs between M to F, 8:30 to 11:30 am), and there was no line up, awesome!

Mr. Li, the friendly man who always greets me politely and in a teasing/fun way, making my visits that much more bearable, was there as usual. We nodded and I could tell he was smiling from behind the face mask that he is always wearing. It appears that his duty is receiving, checking, re-packaging and distributing the clothes that come in for the inmates. I am not sure whether  I have mentioned this before, but they remove ALL snaps, buttons, zippers, strings, tags, brands, labels from the clothes. I guess you could choke on a button, or slit someone’s throat or wrist with the zipper if you were so inclined.

But, today I thought I was in the clear, as I had specifically choosen a long underwear set without any attachments or labels, and a lovely vest in wool without any trappings. However, accepting the vest they would not – why?

Mr. Li was the one checking my goods and he pointed at the vest and shook his head, indicating a clear ‘no’. I then asked why. He replied that it can happen for some desperate inmate to go to the trouble of unraveling the entire vest, and with the skeens of yarn, creating a noose, with which to hang oneself. So, no to the vest.  That had not crossed my mind while shopping last night. Very interesting.

Next week I will find a cotton Chinese coat without buttons and bring it in, as I didn’t have time these past few days to go and locate one from his possessions.

Stay tuned for more news from behind the bar.

Published by kpauthor2020

Author. Real Estate professional. Mom. Theatre goer. Chihuahua owner. Asker of hard questions. Art and photography enthusiast.

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