Cards Against Humanity Gave Chinese Workforce a Paid Vacation

Cards Against Humanity Gave Chinese Workforce a Paid Vacation

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"This doesn't undo the ways that all of us profit from unfair working conditions around the world, but it's a step in the right direction."

This year, 150,000 people signed up for Cards Against Humanity's Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah, a seasonal promotion where the creators send eight mystery gifts over the month of December to everyone who signed up.

"Like many of the physical products we buy, most of these gifts were made in China," a post on the Cards Against Humanity website reads. "This is something a lot of companies don't like to draw attention to, and as a result Americans often don't see the labor that goes into the things they buy. But we've always viewed the way our stuff is made as a part of who we are."

The post states that, while their factory in China "provides excellent wages and working conditions," Chinese working conditions tend to be more strict. As the printer did not have any official procedures in place for paid vacations, Cards Against Humanity bought the factory's full capacity and paid the workers to produce nothing for one week, giving them all a paid vacation.

"The printer didn't have any formal procedures for paid vacations, so we bought 100% of the factory's capacity and paid them to produce nothing for a week, giving the people who make Cards Against Humanity an unexpected chance to visit family or do whatever they pleased," the post reads. "This doesn't undo the ways that all of us profit from unfair working conditions around the world, but it's a step in the right direction."

The post also includes photos and "thank you" notes from the workers.

On Black Friday this year, the website offered a "special offer:" the option to "Give Cards Against Humanity $5" in exchange for nothing. According to a ticker on the website, a total of 11,248 people paid $71,145 for nothing.

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seriously I like hearing about people not being jerks once in a while. I'm hoping the start a trend because if the people who make cards against humanity can do this why can't other corporations do things like this.

edit: I feel like buying card against humanity because of this

tf2godz:
edit: I feel like buying card against humanity because of this

Oh trust me, it is the best card game you can bring to a party. Especially if you include expansion decks of more specialist topics.

My favorite thing that Cards Against Humanity has done was for Black Friday. They had a sale of nothing. The promotion was something like "You can find great deals on everything on Black Friday, but we're the only company giving you a great deal on nothing." And that's what they did: they sold nothing for a minimum of $5. You could give them more than that, and they would still give you nothing. You don't get a shirt, a button, a box full of air...you got absolutely nothing. There was even an FAQ on the page specifically stating that you would receive absolutely nothing for your money, insisting that it wasn't some kind of trick or gag. Quite simply: if you gave them money on Black Friday, you didn't get anything in return.

I think they made just over $70K selling nothing.

They did end up giving all the money they made on their Nothing Sale to charity, though. :P

God (or the big electron in the sky) bless this people.

I think my dead heart's ventricles just had a spasm.

It's nice to see there's decent people around, especially when they're game creators I can respect.

Having lived in China myself for about 4 years I know what will happen:

The factory owners/leaders will take the money for themselves and have the workers do other work during that week while pretending they sent their workers on vacation.

RJ 17:

They did end up giving all the money they made on their Nothing Sale to charity, though. :P

No they didn't, unless things changed since the original news. They split it up among their staff and bought whatever. True, significant amounts still ended up with charity at each individual's discretion, but not "all".

https://cardsagainsthumanity.com/blackfriday/

RJ 17:
They did end up giving all the money they made on their Nothing Sale to charity, though. :P

They didn't actually. They spent quite a bit of it on themselves. They did donate a lot of it to charity however it was at the discretion of each individual what to spend it on.

That said given how much they do good stuff like this, they're allowed to take some money for themselves.

Yan007:
Having lived in China myself for about 4 years I know what will happen:

The factory owners/leaders will take the money for themselves and have the workers do other work during that week while pretending they sent their workers on vacation.

I figured this as well. Unless they had someone go there, tell every worker what was happening and make sure they got their paid vacation, I don't know if it turned out like it was planned.

Partial faith in humanity restored (no pun intended).

gigastar:

tf2godz:
edit: I feel like buying card against humanity because of this

Oh trust me, it is the best card game you can bring to a party. Especially if you include expansion decks of more specialist topics.

UNLESS it's a family party, I'm sure it's fine for a party full of drunks but not for Granny or your favourite nephew, you might find a few family members snubbing you after it reveals what you are really like.

It's a really nice thing for the company to do though, hope they do actually give it to the workers and not just pocket it.

That's great! ... and nothing has changed. :/ So while bandage solutions are nice, call me when actual change happens.

Makes you think about the quality of life of workers abroad. A good gesture.

Included in today's envelope was a smaller envelope, with handwritten notes describing, in broken English, what workes were using their vacation for. Plus a bunch of pictures of them and their families.

Granted, the images could be of executives posing as workers. The not cynical part of me would like to think that that's not the case.

It's a very heartwarming gesture, certainly has me more interested in their game too. They may have won over another customer. Hopefully those workers did get the benefit of this, it would be a shame to find out otherwise.

Buckets:

gigastar:

tf2godz:
edit: I feel like buying card against humanity because of this

Oh trust me, it is the best card game you can bring to a party. Especially if you include expansion decks of more specialist topics.

UNLESS it's a family party, I'm sure it's fine for a party full of drunks but not for Granny or your favourite nephew, you might find a few family members snubbing you after it reveals what you are really like.

It's a really nice thing for the company to do though, hope they do actually give it to the workers and not just pocket it.

I don't know about that, my mother in law (58) thought it was hilarious and made the worst (funniest) jokes.
I guess it depends on the family though.

Also, good on the CAH guys, well done.

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FergusDergus:
Included in today's envelope was a smaller envelope, with handwritten notes describing, in broken English, what workes were using their vacation for. Plus a bunch of pictures of them and their families.

Granted, the images could be of executives posing as workers. The not cynical part of me would like to think that that's not the case.

Now that is just awesome!

Well I guess Cards Against Humanity are for Humanity.

Which is nice.

Buckets:

gigastar:

tf2godz:
edit: I feel like buying card against humanity because of this

Oh trust me, it is the best card game you can bring to a party. Especially if you include expansion decks of more specialist topics.

UNLESS it's a family party, I'm sure it's fine for a party full of drunks but not for Granny or your favourite nephew, you might find a few family members snubbing you after it reveals what you are really like.

It's a really nice thing for the company to do though, hope they do actually give it to the workers and not just pocket it.

You clearly haven't met my family.

edudewired:
I can't imagine that ticker is real, if it is I hope the cards against humanity guys donate this money or something. I get that their whole shtick is being "against humanity" but if they're really just taking tens of thousands of dollars for nothing and not donating that kinda sucks. But maybe that makes it funny, if it does I don't really understand the joke.

Well you sure showed me, good on you Cards against humanity!

These cards might be against humanity, but not their creators.

 

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