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|22nd July 2009, 10:16||#1|
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Foxconn worker commits suicide after losing iPhone prototype
Sun Danyong, a 25-year-old worker in technology giant Foxconn's product communications department, recently got into a bit of trouble after one of the iPhone prototypes he was meant to take care of went missing. Once news of the disappearance got out, Danyong's apartment was 'illegally searched' by employees of the company, and according to "unsubstantiated allegations" he was detained and even physically abused. Then, shortly after 3:30 in the morning on July 16, he jumped from his apartment window.
This is really quite a disturbing event; when a person believes that ending their own life is better than the punishment they'll receive from their employer, it's taken too far. Clearly, Apple takes secrecy very seriously, and Foxconn would wish to make dead sure that their relationship is kept healthy, but this is a step that is way too far. It's not clear whether Danyong got caught up in what was just a mistake, or if he actually intended to leak some details about the device, but nobody will know for sure now.
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