Man Offs Himself Over Lost iPhone

By MXL on 7/22/2009 06:39:00 AM

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Wow. From USA Today:

A Chinese worker killed himself after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype he was responsible for disappeared.

The 25-year-old engineer, Sun Danyong, who worked for Foxconn, jumped from a 12-story building last week. A Chinese newspaper reported that his property had been seized and that he was held in solitary confinement, where he faced "unbearable interrogation techniques" for having lost one of 16 "4G" prototypes. Foxconn apologized, but questioned reports that police beat Sun.

Apple issued a statement this afternoon in response to a report by CNET. A spokeswoman said the Silicon Valley firm is "saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee and we are awaiting results of the investigations into his death. We require our suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect."

His property was seized and he faced "unbearable interrogation" over a lost iPhone prototype?!? That shit's crazy! Is Apple run by Steve Jobs or fuckin' Keyser Soze?

Apple apparently has a super-strict confidentiality policy, and I guess this kid thought jumping off a building would be lesser punishment than whatever Jobs 'nem would've done to him.

What a shame.

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