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’mbegging 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.