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What's in a name

Update: November, 24/2015 - 08:50

Phuc Dat Bich may be an interesting and favourite name to many Vietnamese people.

Phuc Dat Bich (Bich is family name, Phuc Dat means happiness and success) is name of a National Australian Bank worker living in Australia. But the 23-year-old Vietnamese-Australian man was in trouble with his name.

He said he had his Facebook account shut down multiple times and was accused of using a false and misleading name.

He took to Facebook to air frustration about his name in January.

He said he found people's disbelief of his name and posted a photo of his passport to prove he was telling the truth. And some friends of him affirmed it was his real name.

The original post, that was up on his Facebook in January, has received almost 160,400 likes and shared 84,000 times.

Yesterday, on his Facebook, Phuc Dat Bich thanked fans for support on mission to prove his name real.

Phuc Dat Bich is pronounced as Vietnamese pronunciation sounds something like "Phoo Da Bic". However, in English, his name can be pronounced as an offensive profanity.

Vietnamese parents should maybe consider how names sound in English, especially if they live in an English-speaking country.

No time for exercise

Female workers of Thai Binh northern province's JobServices Centre didn't know how to react to regulation that all workers have to take afternoon exercise at the office building's gym after working time.

If they don't obeyed the strict rules, each violator will be fined VND15,000 (22 cents) per day.

All workers have to abide by the regulation including when feeding an infant or feeling ill, except that he/she has doctor's prescription.

The rule, set up one year ago by the Labour Union of the Centre, under the Thai Binh Province's Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department aimed to help workers improve their health condition, a Labour Union official explained.

Female workers complained that the rule wasn't suitable with their situation because most Vietnamese women had to assume the responsibility of housework after working time.

A female worker said "similar to most my female colleagues, after a working day I must go to market, pick up children at school, prepare dinner, wash clothes... I have no time for doing afternoon exercise."

Thai Binh Province People's Committee deputy chairwoman Cao Thi Hai said it was very good that the centre's labour union encouraged workers to do exercise after working time. But to fine violators for missing exercise was impossible.

She affirmed a further investigation would be underway. — VNS

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