VentureBeat has managed to piece together reports coming from China about a Foxconn employee that has apparently committed suicide after misplacing an iPhone prototype. The man who committed suicide was 25 year old Sun Danyong, his primary duty was to ship prototypes to Apple. This tragic even apparently occurred after an illegal search of Mr. Danyog’s home […]
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Foxconn Employee Reportedly Commits Suicide After Losing iPhone Prototype

VentureBeat has managed to piece together reports coming from China about a Foxconn employee that has apparently committed suicide after misplacing an iPhone prototype. The man who committed suicide was 25 year old Sun Danyong, his primary duty was to ship prototypes to Apple. This tragic even apparently occurred after an illegal search of Mr. Danyog’s home by Foxconn security personnel. Here’s an excerpt from the report:

On Thursday, July 9th, Sun got 16 prototype phones from the assembly line at a local Foxconn factory. At some point in the next few days, he discovered that one of the phones was missing. He suspected that it had been left at the factory, but couldn’t find it. On Monday, July 13, he reported the missing phone to his boss. Then, that Wednesday, three Foxconn employees searched his apartment — illegally, according to Chinese law. Accusations are flying that Sun was detained and physically abused during the investigation, although this has not been substantiated (possible evidence: there’s this somewhat garbled and potentially faked instant message exchange from Sun shortly before his death).

What is known: On Thursday — a little after 3 a.m. according to surveillance videos in the apartment building — he jumped out of a window in his apartment building to his death.

After the story broke, Foxconn management has releases this statement, expressing their condolences and announced that the security personnel involved have been put on unpaid leave with an investigation pending. Foxconn has also offered resources to any employee with mental health concerns.
CNet is reporting that Apple has even released a statement on the matter:
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee and we are awaiting results of the investigations into his death,” Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told CNET on Tuesday. “We require our suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect.”
All that is left is for us here at Mactropolis to extend our sincerest of condolences to everyone hurt by this young man’s tragic passing.

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