Christel Wallace of Sierra Vista, Arizona, found a little more than she bargained for while shopping at a Walmart in March.
While looking through a hand bag, Wallace found a note written in Chinese, HuffPost reports.
Wallace and her daughter-in-law located a translator. The note was actually a plea for help from some one claiming to be a Chinese prisoner who described working conditions in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China.
News of the note has made its way around social media.
Text translation by HuffPost:
"Inmates in the Yingshan Prison in Guangxi, China are working 14 hours daily with no break/rest at noon, continue working overtime until 12 midnight, and whoever doesn’t finish his work will be beaten. Their meals are without oil and salt. Every month, the boss pays the inmate 2000 yuan [about $290], any additional dishes will be finished by the police. If the inmates are sick and need medicine, the cost will be deducted from the salary. Being a prisoner in China is even worse than being a horse, cow, sheep, pig or dog in the U.S."
“My heart went into my stomach,” Wallace told The Arizona Daily Star.
Wallace said she doesn't have the resources to help directly, but wants to spread the word and raise awareness.
“I don’t have the means or the access to help in any way. So I think this was my way of putting in my two cents,” she told local Tucson station KVOA. “I don’t want this to be an attack on any store ... That’s not the answer. This is happening at all kinds of places and people just probably don’t know.”