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Apple acknowledges Foxconn worker's suicide

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue July 21, 2009

iPhone-related suicide

Apple has confirmed the suicide of a Foxconn employee working in China, according to reports. Foxconn is one of Apple's largest manufacturing partners, responsible for assembling both the iPod and the iPhone. The worker, 25-year-old Sun Danyong, had been assigned to shipping iPhone prototypes to Apple.

Danyong killed himself last week, following an incident involving a batch of fourth-generation iPhone prototypes. A collection of 16 prototypes had been assigned to Danyong, and before his death the worker is said to have told his bosses that one had gone missing. Foxconn has since admitted to an extremely harsh interrogation conducted by a security chief, including solitary confinement, a house search and possibly beatings.

On July 16th, Danyong leaped off of a 12-story building. "We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee, and we are awaiting results of the investigations into his death," says Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet. "We require our suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect." Apple has sometimes been accused of maintaining draconian security around its products, in order to preserve surprise for the media, the public and its competition.




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  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -43

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    Holy c***!
    If I were him and my name was Sun, I would've waited till Sunday...

    Got it?...

    I would've had my own day in the week :P

    hey... it's not easy to be cheesy you know!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    holy c*** indeed

    that's what I said to myself... no wonder Apple wants to distance itself from this event.

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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -16

    I'm sure there is

    some other young man or woman just waiting to take his place. There's nothing like having a slot opening above you just waiting to be filled.

    Speaking about Foxconn employees, where's that cute iPhone gal been hiding herself?

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    but how did he lose it

    I'm still curious, however, how he managed to lose the prototype. Wouldn't they all be kept together? Maybe he was showing off to a friend and they stole it?

    If I had been entrusted with iPhone prototypes, I would not have even told anybody about it...

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    sad all around

    I must say the comments by "bloggerblog" are offensive and shallow, the poor guy is dead after all. Have a little respect.

    Sadly however, if he committed suicide he was likely unstable or neurotic to begin with. Like as not he either just totally screwed up and left it somewhere or someone close to him exploited his weakness by taking it.

    I can hardly wait for some website to post a review of it and claim that they aren't doing anything wrong by doing so even though clearly there would be actual blood on their hands. Morals are pretty low nowadays, as evidenced by "bloggerblog."

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    How convenient...

    Steve Jobs is obsessed with privacy and security; has been his whole life. It's an obsession that has put Apple at an advantage and also in high legal exposure. How convenient that Apple was able to move production offshore to a country with such a poor human rights record that it allows for employers to beat and imprison their employees in order to maintain secrecy. Are we to believe that this is really the first of such abuses? I doubt it. Meanwhile here in America, Apple's wealthy corporate employees get to keep their fat salaries and civil rights, while blue collar Americans have all lost jobs their tech jobs because they can't be underpaid and beaten to the point of suicide. This is beyond the pale. Is owning an iPod really worth being a party to this? The liberals in Silicon Valley are usually screaming about bring our boys home from Iraq. How about canceling that FoxConn contract and bringing those jobs home to America, Mr. Jobs?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    If true...

    On July 16th, Danyong leaped off of a 12-story building.


    Shouldn't that be 'allegedly leaped'?

    Foxconn has since admitted to an extremely harsh interrogation conducted by a security chief, including solitary confinement, a house search and possibly beatings.

    Or perhaps "leapt from the hands of the security chief, off the roof, and to the ground below"?

    And, to Gazoobee, and his Sadly however, if he committed suicide he was likely unstable or neurotic to begin with.

    Perhaps, but what led to that? Was it a long-standing condition, or brought on by the torturous tactics of the company's security?

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    tragic

    my heart goes out to this poor soul, his family, friends and co-workers. it's inappropriate to find humor or political/economic agenda when a man is dead.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    guilt

    Maybe it has to do with his deep sense of guilt for selling one of the prototypes to a buyer who bribed him and who wants to reproduce Apple's secret. Who knows....

  1. chris2519

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    this is disgusting

    if this is true, and this man committed suicide because he was beaten by personnel at this company, then apple should immediately sever relations with this company. it is an inexcusable breach of human rights. as much as i love apple products, i will not buy from a company that tolerates human rights abuse. it would be despicable.

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