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Chinese couple facing charges after selling baby to buy an iPhone

Posted: , by Maxwell R.

Chinese couple facing charges after selling baby to buy an iPhone
Identified only as Mr. Teng and Ms. Zhang, the unemployed couple is facing charges by Chinese officials stating that they sold their baby in order to fund an online shopping binge.

The couple began advertising the availability of their baby earlier this summer. The price, 50,000 yuan ($8,200). The woman gave birth at home in order to avoid any official hospital documentation and upon handing the baby girl over, the money was deposited into the couple’s account.

Prosecutors then allege that the couple immediately went on a spending spree which, among other things, included a new Apple iPhone. It is also alleged that the couple lied about Ms. Zhang’s pregnancy, calling her baby-bump a tumor.

The couple says they acted in the best interests of the baby, hoping for a financially stable family, more secure life and better education, not mere profits. The prosecutors called the whole thing a “sinister conspiracy.” Given that the average annual income in China is nowhere near 50,000 yuan (closer to 5,000 yuan), it is difficult to reconcile stated motives with the resulting actions.

source: The Telegraph

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posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:25 30

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Faking a pregnancy for money and an iPhone. They deserve everything that happens to them.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 11:02 6

27. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


and i guess if they had bought a Note 3, it would have been fine with you.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 11:12 4

30. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


yup..

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 12:06 5

48. takeja (Posts: 35; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


It's ok, dumb people own a dumb phone

posted on 20 Oct 2013, 05:12

98. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Looks like there is especially pathetic Apple consumers.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:25 19

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


iFanboyism has reached new heights.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:37 13

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Kind of ridiculous like the guy who sold his kidney back in 2011.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 11:20 3

33. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes, and the poor guy is now iDead.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 15:00 4

70. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Or, on iDialysis, which is almost as bad as being iDead.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 17:21 1

76. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


True genius!!

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:26 3

4. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


apple is promoting immorality.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:32 5

6. sniper1087 (Posts: 515; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Really? Apple isnt promoting anything but sales, just like any other cellphone company, if they are successful, there is nothing wrong with that. They cannot be blamed for other people committing stupidity, like selling a baby for 8k bucks, my other question is what did they spend the rest of the money on?

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:36 6

10. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


apple still part of the crime..why?

1. There marketing fools people, leading to "apple iphone is god, sell your everything to get iphone.

2. Overpriced

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:38 5

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's called business.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:38 1

15. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


whatever.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 11:08 3

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 22109; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smurf I can't believe he actually posted that they're part of the crime. So by his mindset, me and Louisville Slugger would be part of the crime, if my son used a bat to break a window.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 15:10 1

71. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"...me and Louisville Slugger would be part of the crime, if my son used a bat to break a window."

Parental responsibility probably would result in your having to pay for a new window.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 19:44 1

83. darkkjedii (Posts: 22109; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Still doesn't make part of the crime.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 21:09

85. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Depends. Were you pitching to your son at the time he broke the window?

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 11:04 4

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 22109; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's gotta be the absolute most ridiculous thing I've ever read on here, I've read some ridiculous posts.

"apple still part of the crime..why?

1. There marketing fools people, leading to "apple iphone is god, sell your everything to get iphone.

2. Overpriced" you actually typed, read, and posted this?

So if Ferrari makes a sports car, and someone wants it so much, they sale there baby to get it. Is Ferrari part of the crime.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 23:49

93. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


-_- reallly? That has to be the dumbest comment i have ever heard.... So if someone makes something good or godly its thier fault when people (idiots) go and sell everything for it? So when HTC marketed one as godly materials or when samsung marketed the gs4/gs3 as penultimate phones or even when ms marketed windows and office in their early years, google and their marketing of android and their web apps, makinng everything godly, if someone went and sold everything, would it be the companys fault or theirs? Or is it just because its apple? SUPER PREJUDICED MUCH! and overpriced? what counts as overpriced to you? The pricing is not just for materials, you pay for service (e.g. quick release of updates compared to jagged release in android) and even app support as well as brand and design etc. Please, next time comment with a bit more foresight...

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 11:57 1

42. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


The most stup!d comment ive read today! Congrats youre the winner!

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:30 5

5. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


fail, buy a note 3 instead

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:33 6

7. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


yes buy a note 3 and you will end up burning.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:36 1

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


So since you want to troll, where were you when iPhones exploded, causing burns to the owners?

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:38 1

14. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


i didn't say iphone is burning,,its the note 3.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 10:43 3

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Please provide me with proof about a Note 3 burning. I can guarantee you 100% you can't because you're trolling.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 22:06

89. jeff_1 (Posts: 105; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


its burning in your head, coz you are acting like a freaking id!@t.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 12:00 2

44. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


wtf.....a note 3 is more important than the kid?
the note 3 and the iphone will lose their demand in a couple of months whereas the child could create a company that is more successful than apple and samsung combined....you never know
you may be joking, everybody likes jokes but when i think about that kid, it doesn't sound funny at all....living beings come first
this page shouldn't have had any fanboy wars at all.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 12:04 1

46. techspace (Posts: 1036; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


technology is great...but people are really misusing it.

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