|Published : 22 Nov 2016, 17:18:41|
Daimler removes top executive over ‘racist rant’
German carmaker Daimler has apologised and removed a senior executive from his job after he allegedly made racist remarks in a row over parking in China, reports BBC.
Rainer Gaertner, Daimler's trucks and buses president in the country, also allegedly used pepper spray on bystanders who intervened.
Chinese media said the incident took place in a Beijing car park on Sunday.
Daimler said it was "a purely private issue, which has now been resolved in an amicable manner".
The argument, involving strong language, began when Mr Gaertner cut into a parking space in Beijing's well-to-do Shunyi suburb ahead of a local driver, reports said.
According to the Communist Party newspaper People's Daily, the Daimler executive then said: "I have been in China one year already; the first thing I learned here is: All you Chinese are bastards."
In a statement, Daimler added: "Such an incident reflects in no way the values of Daimler and we sincerely apologise for the concerns raised by this matter.
"The nature of the dispute and in particular the manner in which it was conducted, irrespective of any comments alleged to have been made, is adjudged to be not only of concern to the public but viewed by us as detrimental to the standing of our company, unbecoming of a manager of our brand and prejudicial to our good name," it said.
It added that Chinese authorities have closed their investigation into the incident.