Chinese couple facing charges after selling baby to buy an iPhone

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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100 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

27. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

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

30. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

yup..

48. takeja

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

It's ok, dumb people own a dumb phone

98. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Looks like there is especially pathetic Apple consumers.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

iFanboyism has reached new heights.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

33. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yes, and the poor guy is now iDead.

70. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

76. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

True genius!!

4. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

apple is promoting immorality.

6. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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?

10. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 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

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's called business.

15. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

whatever.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

71. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

83. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Still doesn't make part of the crime.

85. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

93. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 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...

42. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

fail, buy a note 3 instead

7. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

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

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

14. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

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

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

89. jeff_1

Posts: 105; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

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

44. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

46. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

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

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