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Employees at Alibaba Fired For Mooncake Heist

  • 28
  • 09
  • 2016

Four Alibaba employees were fired for sneaking mooncakes to take home and enjoy after a day’s work. Who can blame them? Mooncakes are delicious. If you haven’t tried one, you should.



Apparently, the employees were engineers working on the tech side of the ordering system. They hacked in and rigged the system in order to get some boxes for themselves.

Even though Alibaba offers free limited edition mooncakes for their employees every year, greed for sweets and fluffy goodness overtook the employees. They evidently just couldn’t help themselves.

It seems like they went overboard and the error was detected easily. Sources say they ordered 124 boxes.

Though Alibaba fired their employees within hours of detecting the fraud, the engineers were praised on Chinese social media.


The news hit around various companies, and funny enough, the four engineers were getting bombarded with job offers.

“I think computer engineers need to have a geek spirit, and these people are not using technology to do any harm,” wrote Lin Wei, a manager at Beijing-based antivirus company Qihoo 360 Technology Co.

An Alibaba competitor didn’t hesitate in participating in the drama, as an employee of posted: “We should treat network security engineers well. Please forward your résumé via email.”

Alibaba defends its decision of firing the employees stating, “Another reminder to our staff that every game comes with rules.”

What do you think? Was it too drastic to fire the employees for some mooncakes?

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