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Daimler apologizes, fires executive over racist rant against Chin


Published: 23 November 2016 Wednesday, 08:05  AM

Daimler apologizes, fires executive over racist rant against Chin

Bonn, Nov 22 (deutschenews24.de/dpa) A senior executive at German carmaker Daimler has been removed from his post and the company has apologized on his behalf after he allegedly made racist comments about Chinese people during a row about a parking space.

Rainer Gaertner, responsible for Daimler`s trucks and buses division in China, reportedly cut into a parking space in a Beijing suburb ahead of a local driver. During the ensuing row, he referred to all Chinese people as "bastards" and used pepper spray on the man, according to local media reports.

His comments and actions, which were first covered by Chinese media, are "detrimental to the image of our company and inappropriate for a manager of our brand," Daimler said in a statement, adding that Gartner`s behaviour does not reflect its values.

The company added that the "purely private matter" had been resolved amicably.

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