On ways of complaining

Shenma said it tried contacting Tesla multiple times but the carmaker has “low efficiency in internal communications” and the complaints “take too long,” according to the Weibo post.


The firm said its billboard stunt was inspired by the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and New York was chosen because that is where Tesla’s shares are listed.


The electronic messages on the billboards were in Chinese: “Tesla, fix it or not,” “Tesla, compensate or not,” and “Tesla, admit it or not.” Printed under those slogans were Shenma’s loss in numbers—including the 20% fault rate and 3.5 million minutes of driving time lost due to cars took out of service for repairs.

Source: A Chinese ride-hailing company says faulty Teslas cost it $1 million — Quartz

On slaving countries by corporates

Just days after multi-billion dollar conglomerate PepsiCo sued four Gujarati farmers, asking them to pay ₹1.05 crore each as damages for ‘infringing its rights’ by growing the potato variety used in its Lays chips, farmers groups have launched a campaign calling for government intervention.


PepsiCo has invoked Section 64 of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001 to claim infringement of its rights. However, farmers groups cite Section 39 of the same Act, which specifically says that a farmer is allowed “to save, use, sow, resow, exchange, share or sell his farm produce including seed of a variety protected under this Act” so long as he does not sell “branded seed”.

Potato farmers cry foul as PepsiCo sues them – The Hindu