SZ clients worried after vegetable supplier goes bankrupt
2014-June-13 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Clients of a Shenzhen company are facing the risk of losing the money they deposited for its customized vegetable delivery service after the company went bankrupt, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported yesterday.

Shenzhen Greens Market, a company headquartered in Guizhou Province, texted its Shenzhen clients Tuesday morning saying that it would cease its service starting Tuesday due to a business operation problem. The message soon cast a stir among its clients, who have paid advance payment to reserve the company’s services.

Dozens of people gathered at the company’s office in the High-tech Industrial Park in Nanshan District on Tuesday to ask that their balances be reimbursed.

A citizen surnamed Peng said she had paid 21,000 yuan (US$3,442) to the company in a contract to purchase vegetables from the company, but still has a 12,000 yuan balance on her account. The company promised to deliver the vegetables she reserved on the company’s website twice a week.

A woman surnamed Chen said she had received only two deliveries from the company after she made a contract June 3, depositing 15,000 yuan into her account with the company. Chen suspected the company of fraud because it was on the brink of bankruptcy when her contract was signed. Some clients like Chen said they would sue the company for fraud, according to the paper.

A spokesperson surnamed Zhang with the company’s Shenzhen office confirmed that the company has about 2,000 clients and that the exact amount of pre-paid money from these clients remained unknown since they booked different services.

Zhang said the company had been operating smoothly until two weeks ago when its shareholders refused to inject money into it, leaving it in dire straits financially. The company then had to declare bankruptcy and stop service.

He explained that the company was liquidating its assets according to legal procedures and denied any accusations of fraud.

He added that plans were underway to pay off the company’s debts and appease its employees and clients.

The Shenzhen company’s president, Zeng Zuoqiao, said that the company has about 2 million yuan after paying workers’ salaries and that the ensuing affairs would be handled according to the law.

Mao Peng, a Guangdong lawyer, said the company can only be accused of fraud if there is proof that it continued to make new contracts with users while it was already in insolvency.

Editor: 王凯
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