China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group said on Tuesday that four of its employees at the security department had been sacked for cheating during an internal sale of mooncakes, ecns.cn reported.
On September 12, Alibaba put the company’s surplus mooncakes on sale on the company’s internal site at cost price for all employees, and a temporary page was developed for that purpose.
However, four of its security department employees had written computer programs to help them snap up 124 more boxes of mooncakes than the number allowed by the company.
In response to online discussions about the incident, Alibaba said on Tuesday afternoon that the four employees “cheated by technological means and snapped up 124 extra boxes of mooncakes.” The company “decided to let them go,” because “the security department employees, as defenders of company rules, breached their duty by cheating with tools, thus touching the integrity and honesty bottom line.”
All four employees have ended their contracts and will soon leave the company.