And that was the exact case with Shenzhen MacTop Electronics Co. The company was so desperate to get an early look at the second-gen iPad that its general manager Xiao Chengsong offered nearly $3,000
(20,000 yuan) and discount on MacTop products as a bribe
to former Foxconn employee Hou Pengna. Ironically, that's the same amount a Chinese teenager got for sacrificing his kidney for an iPad 2
. Pengna then contacted Lin Kecheng of Foxconn for images of the back cover of the iPad 2 from last September. MacTop needed the images in order to design cases for Apple's tablet, but the whole deal ended up with all of the three being sentenced to a year or more behind bars.
“We cannot comment on matters of internal security, but Foxconn takes its commitment to protecting its intellectual property as well as that of its customers very seriously and undertakes all appropriate actions to safeguard against any violations," the company noted in a statement. Is that a justified sentence in your personal view? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments below.