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$44,000 and an Apple laptop given by Foxconn to compensate for employee's suicide

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$44,000 and an Apple laptop given by Foxconn to compensate for employee's suicide
Last week, we told you about the suicide of 25 year old Sun Danyong. The young man worked at a Foxconn plant at Shenzen that produces iPhones and iPods, and he apparently was in charge of 16 iPhone prototypes. When one went missing, he was allegedly detained and beaten by security guards before deciding to jump 12 stories to his death. According to a Foxconn official, Mr. Danyong had a history of losing products in a suspicious fashion. In an interview with the NY Times, the company's GM of China operations, James Lee, said that the excuse given by Danyong was not credible. Lee said, "Several times he had some products missing, then he got them back,” Lee said. “We don’t know who took the product, but it was at his stop." The company also denies the beatings saying that a security guard had grabbed Sun's right shoulder. The prototype that was missing was a 4th generation iPhone model.

The night before he died, Sun had sent a text to his girlfriend that read, “Dear, I’m sorry. Go back home tomorrow. I ran into some problems. Don’t tell my family. Don’t contact me. I’m begging you for the first time. Please do it! I’m sorry.” According to the NY Times, Foxconn compensated Mr. Danyong's family by paying them the equivalent of $44,000 and also gave the girlfriend an Apple laptop.

source: NYTimes

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. jrg11 (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


I certainly hope she doesn't lose the laptop...

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 03:41

9. philip_1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Jul 2009)


Thats for sure, she shouldn't lose the laptop, wow,,very nice everybody is happy now ,money, laptops! And if this poor guy had history of loosing devices then why they didnt fired him earlier? by the way, dont buy Iphone anymore, wait for the 4th generation!!

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 08:55

12. Whitecarnage (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Mar 2009)


I agree that they should have fired Sun when they knew that he often loses some of the products entrusted to him. However, it's quite hard to believe that this guy jumped from the building when he isn't beaten or being pressured by the company's security guards. I mean, why jump when there's no one pressuring you? Just because of the lost prototype? No. I don't believe with that excuse. There must be somebody pressuring him that caused him to commit suicide.

posted on 29 Jul 2009, 00:25

20. philip_1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Jul 2009)


Thats it you are right, nobody just can kill his self if no any press, considering that he was al healthy "brains" person, since he was working for foxconn, then something else happened! Sorry for him anyway..

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 19:27

2. swm4motoQ (unregistered)


“Dear, I’m sorry. Go back home tomorrow. I ran into some problems. Don’t tell my family. Don’t contact me. I’m begging you for the first time. Please do it! I’m sorry.” worst suicide note ever.

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 20:18

5. jrg11 (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


worst suicide text ever. /fixed

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 19:28

3. myka401 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)


well competing comp.do pay well for a look at upcoming products.but jumping i dont know .....

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 19:38

4. jrg11 (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)


I always thought that the Sun falls in the West. ok, ok 1 more.... Back in school we were taught that it would be millions of years before the Sun died.

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 20:41

6. rasinhussy (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)


Are you trying to be funny because I don't see any humor with your comment!?

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 20:52

7. vzw fanman (Posts: 1972; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


haha lol i thought he was funny.

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 23:28

16. matistight (Posts: 202; Member since: 13 May 2009)


EPIC FAIL! first one was alright though

posted on 27 Jul 2009, 21:03

8. irsuv (Posts: 15; Member since: 10 Apr 2008)


Another reason to hate apple and comunism.

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 04:51

10. tedkord (Posts: 5130; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And gravity.

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 08:45

11. Whitecarnage (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Mar 2009)


Seriously, how does communism correlate with this incident? Just can't figure it out myself.

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 09:52

13. swm4motoQ (unregistered)


Because it happened in China. Sun was a citizen of the Chinese communist govt. The govt that uses force and intimidation to control its populace. A byproduct of which probably translates into Sun being detained & beaten or by security.

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 23:28

17. matistight (Posts: 202; Member since: 13 May 2009)


maybe they should have all apple companies in space hahah

posted on 29 Jul 2009, 22:53

21. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


then if a prototype goes missing, it might kill someone as a metior. Ok...flame on, I can't spell meteor...

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 13:33

14. j.naueattrep (Posts: 24; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


You people make me sick. A man is dead and you crack jokes about him? Wonder what people will say when YOU are dead. $44,000 and a laptop should be a record for the most unkind and uncaring compensation ever.

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 23:32

18. matistight (Posts: 202; Member since: 13 May 2009)


They wouldnt say anything or think anything...YOUR DEAD! The reason people are making jokes is the situation and how unreal it would be. Do you honestly think people who didnt even know this guy existed would be saying, "Awwwwww. I feel so bad for him...lets make a Sun Charity!" No....never will they say that. "That sucks...next post" thats what theyll say.

posted on 29 Jul 2009, 22:54

22. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


yeah, I really don't care. Will you care when i die? Honestly, crack jokes about me when I die. It's my style!

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 22:47

15. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


no comp would make some ppl super pissed....lol

posted on 28 Jul 2009, 23:34

19. matistight (Posts: 202; Member since: 13 May 2009)


Am i the only one thinking that that the 4g iPhone is gonna be beast because someone died for it?????

posted on 31 Jul 2009, 05:52

23. MTLance (unregistered)


Ouch his GF must be pretty depressed. Not to mention he was kinda careless with the prototypes and the company trusted him. And guards beating him? Wow. And a compensation from Apple wouldn't replace that guy anyway. Might as well fired him in the first place rather than getting bad name huh?

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