Unsuspecting Chinese worker steals ridiculously priced Nokia Vertu phone, could end up behind bars for 10 years
We’ll be quite frank - we don’t like luxury handsets like the ones made by Nokia’s Vertu unit. We know there’s a market for everything, but those ridiculously overpriced devices with dated specs and software out of the Middle ages (think feature phones) isn't what we're most fascinated about. On the other hand, it's great business for the phone maker that manages to sell such devices.
And now a Vertu handset is in the midst of a ridiculous story that ended up bad for a Chinese servant who stole one from her boss to make up for unpaid salaries. Problem is that Ms Zhang Yun didn’t realize that her boss had spent a fortune on that phone and said in her defense she thouhgt the phone was worth - hold your breaths - some $10,000 (68,000 Chinese yuan). If that didn’t seem absurd enough, let us contrast this with China’s per capita income of $7,600. The phone costs more than that.
Ms Yun armed with the phone and her illusion that it’s not all that expensive, didn’t even use the device but rather buried it in a turnip pit until she could give it back to her boss in exchange for the money he owed her. All of that was captured on the surveillance cameras at the affluent Chinese man’s house, though.
The matter went into court and now there’s the possibility of Yun spending 10 years in prison and paying more than $3,000 in fees and fines. All for a silver edition of a Nokia Vertu handset. Now as stupid as stealing something to bully your boss is, it's even more absurd that one could end up in jail for so long for a commodity device like a phone, isn’t it?
source: People Daily via TechCrunch