Worker in Chinese iPhone factory committs suicide over missing prototype

Worker in Chinese iPhone factory committs suicide over missing prototype
25 year old Sun Danyong, was an employee at the Foxconn Technology Group. Danyong worked at the huge plant at Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, where products for Apple are churned out. The employee's job included sending iPhone prototypes to Apple, and on July 13th, he reported that 1 of 16 prototypes of the touchscreen device was missing. According to the state-run newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily, Sun's friends said that company security guards searched his apartment, detained him and beat him. Finally, on the morning of July 16th, Danyong jumped to his death from the 12th floor of his apartment building. Apple said in a statement, "We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee, and we are awaiting results into the investigation of his death.". The security chief at the factory has been suspended and turned over to the police and the missing prototype was never found.

There is an extremely high amount of pressue on Foxconn workers to maintain secrecy over Apple products being manufactured at the facility. Competitors, journalists and Apple fan boys are just some of the people who try to catch a glimpse of the Apple products that Foxconn is making for the American company, which includes the iPhone.

source: SouthernMetropolisDaily(China) via NYTimes

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22 Comments

1. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

Way to go Apple, now you've killed a guy.

4. driv14

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Your mocking a man who has taken his own life.. grow up you sick bastard..

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

hahha

16. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

dumbass...he took his own life

20. volvo

Posts: 38; Member since: May 26, 2009

lmao. every story i look at, u have commented on!

21. sidb.me

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 2009

Well said!

2. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

How in the hell is this any of Apples's fault? Seriously, you anti-apple douchebags need to give up and stop posting on here....

7. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

It isn't Apple's fault, the guy was obviously unstable if he leaps to his death. Apple should have probably asked that no beatings take place though. They should pull out of any relationship with this company because of this though.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its apples product so its thier repsoncibility. things are different in other countries and people are treated worse in places like that then they are in the civilized world. so yea, its apples responciiblity. they wanted to cut costs and went 3rd world, they allow their "employees" to be treated that way. go apple.

3. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

-All Apple needs right now is a counseling app for it's employees; in case they feel like committing suicide.

5. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Or a sword app for sepeku. iPhone with an actual katana FTW!!! Oh...too soon? ((and I realize those are japanese things...not chinese things...))

13. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

8. EWILL20

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2008

Its pathetic that such a good American company like Apple and so many others are outsourcing jobs to other countries just to save a buck, especially since Apple products are noticeably way over priced despite the quality of the product. If workers are unstable and killing themselves over a missing prototype then I agree that they should end their relationship with a company like this.

11. alux0417

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 07, 2009

dude, it's a contractor, not outsourcing. there's a difference. it's a legal business strategy: first to cut costs and second to delegate business processes to the specialists.

17. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The only reason they are specialists now is because in order to manufactur anything in china, You as a company forfeit your patents, trade secrets. You also have to show them everything that makes your patent work, have evidence and duplicate it for them in a lab. If you were to implement the same business practices in the United states, don't allow a union to form, and pay a decent wage it would be more productive than in China. The average US and Japanese worker given the exact same education and resources as a chinese worker would produce 3 times the output. "American" Car companies like ford GM and Crysler outsource to "specials" anywhere from 60-90% of the vehicle. Whereas companies like Toyota and Honda have 40-80% of the parts for their "Japanese" car manufactured in the United States.... which are better quality cars? Definitely not the "American" models. Think of how much better these products would be if they were handled by reals specialists. It is all about costs... Outsource entire divisions to other countries saves a few millions... that's it. And the people who get these millions are the already rich and overly paid executives that end up getting bailouts anyways when they drive their companies to the ground. Next time you feel like trying to be an expert about a topic you know nothing about, post on a medical journal or something.

18. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I did correct the bad grammar and mispelling, but the post didn't go thru the right way... for that i apologize.

19. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

*MISSPELLING!!!!!! AHAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!1

9. MTLance unregistered

It was not Apple fault, more like security breach in Foxconn, Foxconn is to blame because it was Apple's contractor making sure of the prototypes can arrive to its destination safely, must be one of the Foxconn employee stole it instead of poor Sun Danyong, because the company will never believe him, that's why he suicide.

10. gomets15217

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

read that over again, slowlyyyyy. spell check and proofread next time bro

12. alux0417

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 07, 2009

I wonder why security beat him up in the first place. That seems inappropriate.

14. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Its China.....

22. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Seriously...

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