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And Finally…

HSBC in Hong Kong is getting killed (and deservedly so) for a Valentine’s Day promotion it offered staffers. A multipage advertisement produced by an external company gave HSBC workers a chance to buy discounted products. On the pages labeled “For Him” were laptops, GoPro cameras and headphones. The “For Her” gifts included vacuum cleaners, a blender and a kitchen water tap (Reuters).

Promotions like this generally go through several layers of approval. The external agency already apologized for its role in the debacle. But HSBC is a Hong Kong giant. It needs to take a hard look at itself and figure out how this occurred. It’s a sexist mess that never should have happened.

And that’s your News Fix.

Have a great weekend!

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