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Post time 2017-5-12 14:29:45 |Display all floors
Will allegations of graft slow down the development of  bike-sharing leaders?


On May 3, a former employee of Ofo, one of China’s biggest bike-sharing startups, wrote up an exposé of alleged internal corruption (in Chinese) on the social networking app Momo 陌陌. According to the whistleblower, there are two major areas of unscrupulous behavior:

  • Regional managers falsely report the number of staff in their areas: By adding five or six nonexistent bike repairmen in their reports, managers can earn an extra 20,000 to 30,000 yuan ($2,900–$4,345) every month.
  • Kickbacks from bike-manufacturing companies: Some staff in procurement have purchased old tires that were produced 10 years ago from suppliers who are their friends.
Later,  Mo-bike employee also breaks out that the cost of mobike are not clear, given space for graft.

Will such problem affect the future of the bike-sharing leaders?

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Post time 2017-5-12 15:32:54 |Display all floors
I think that this is mostly internal matter of the company, and public can simply react by using other providers. But I'm pretty sure every company like this suffers from some level of bad behaviour to increase profits (either personal or for the company). If Ofo would come clean and transparent about these allegations, they could come out winners in the end.

This would only become government affair, if Chinese government employs some some kind of quality supervising for these bike companies (and they should since bikes breaking down in middle of traffic would be a public safety hazard), and officials in that department have neglected their duties. In that case it would also be matter for police or other authorities.

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