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Foxconn: Employee Suicide Had It Coming

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 68 comments

Last week reports around the web exploded in regard to a Foxconn employee who apparently committed suicide over a misplaced iPhone prototype.

The reports also indicated that the employee, Sun Danyong, was heavily interrogated by his department head. Some reports with inside information indicated that Danyong was subjected to grueling interrogation. At first, Danyong's reason for committing suicide was largely unknown but was attributed to his working conditions at Foxconn.

This isn't the first time that Foxconn has been under the public eye for issues regarding the way its employees are treated. But today, a report by the New York Times revealed that Foxconn claims that Dayong had a history of misplacing products.

“Several times he had some products missing, then he got them back,” Said James Lee, General Manager of Foxconn's China operations.“We don’t know who took the product, but it was at his stop.”

Foxconn also denied beating Danyong, and claimed that the interrogation officer merely put his hand on Danyong's shoulders after becoming angry with the late employee.

Foxconn apparently has paid out roughly $44,000 USD to Danyong's family, and gave Danyong's girlfriend an Apple MacBook. Shockingly, while visiting Foxconn, a journalist was threatened to be beaten up by two men wearing Foxconn shirts and a guard if he continued to ask Danyong's family questions.

As for Apple, representatives from the company indicated to reporters that it is currently awaiting the the investigation results in order to determine the appropriate action.

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    omnimodis78 , July 27, 2009 5:46 PM
    They gave Danyong's girlfriend an Apple MacBook, so I don't see what the problem is. MY GOD! Somebody at foxconn had to come up with a plan to compensate the girlfriend, and the best thing they could come up with was a cheap macbook. Isn't that insulting? Imagine you died as a result of mental stress from work, and your company gave your significant other a laptop. Oh, this World.... For all that it's worth, I hope this gentleman has found peace, and that his family and loved ones can remain strong and get through this.
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    pwndcake , July 27, 2009 6:04 PM
    Sun Danyong's girlfriend was in the market for a computer that was worth as much as a human life. We told her - you find it, you keep it.
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    brendano257 , July 27, 2009 5:50 PM
    MacBook to compensate for his life? That's great.
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    Homeboy2 , July 27, 2009 5:39 PM
    they gave his girlfriend a macbook so they made up for it.
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    magicandy , July 27, 2009 5:40 PM
    Now where did I put that grain of salt....
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    starhoof , July 27, 2009 5:44 PM
    So apple stuff is made by foxcon.... dosent apple claims that parts are made by them also "parts and software are both made by apple, so they work together" hmmmm.... so OS is only different think in their computers, they just charging a sh!tload for those crappy parts ???
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    theholylancer , July 27, 2009 5:45 PM
    morel like a bucket of salt
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    omnimodis78 , July 27, 2009 5:46 PM
    They gave Danyong's girlfriend an Apple MacBook, so I don't see what the problem is. MY GOD! Somebody at foxconn had to come up with a plan to compensate the girlfriend, and the best thing they could come up with was a cheap macbook. Isn't that insulting? Imagine you died as a result of mental stress from work, and your company gave your significant other a laptop. Oh, this World.... For all that it's worth, I hope this gentleman has found peace, and that his family and loved ones can remain strong and get through this.
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    konenavi , July 27, 2009 5:49 PM
    omnimodis78They gave Danyong's girlfriend an Apple MacBook, so I don't see what the problem is. MY GOD! Somebody at foxconn had to come up with a plan to compensate the girlfriend, and the best thing they could come up with was a cheap macbook. Isn't that insulting? Imagine you died as a result of mental stress from work, and your company gave your significant other a laptop. Oh, this World.... For all that it's worth, I hope this gentleman has found peace, and that his family and loved ones can remain strong and get through this.

    Welcome to the reason I dislike Apple.
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    godwhomismike , July 27, 2009 5:49 PM
    And why are we supposed to think Microsoft is evil and Apple good? Yes, I know this is Foxconn, but by Apple using them - it's condoning this type of thug-like behavior.
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    brendano257 , July 27, 2009 5:50 PM
    MacBook to compensate for his life? That's great.
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    shadowtech , July 27, 2009 5:52 PM
    Given China's huge market for knock-off products, doesn't it seem a little curious that we now know this guy had an actual history of "losing" products before as well?

    My theory is he was leaking Foxconn manufactured products to those to make the fakes, and when he did so with one of Apple's prototypes he was finally "suicided" off his balcony due to his actions.

    And now the press is being warned not to talk to his family? Perhaps they view the situation differently? The official version of this story is fishy.
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    godwhomismike , July 27, 2009 5:53 PM
    Also, isn't there speculation that Foxconn employees murdered Danyong by throwing him off his balcony? That's what I feel happened. I don't think he committed suicide. He just happened to jump off his balcony after they kicked down his door and ripped his apartment apart, right.

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    joesapp37 , July 27, 2009 5:54 PM
    Quote:
    So apple stuff is made by foxcon.... dosent apple claims that parts are made by them also "parts and software are both made by apple, so they work together" hmmmm.... so OS is only different think in their computers, they just charging a sh!tload for those crappy parts ???


    foxconn makes a lot of components for other companies too not just apple, check the back back panel of your motherboard. You'd be surprised.
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    godwhomismike , July 27, 2009 5:55 PM
    brendano257MacBook to compensate for his life? That's great.


    "Oh we're sorry we kil... uhh.. your boyfriend committed suicide, here take this Macbook as a sign of our condolences."
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    chaohsiangchen , July 27, 2009 5:56 PM
    The Mafia-style control and management is common around Chinese societies. Part of the reasons for that is due to lack of transparency in legal system of PRC. PRC is also run by commies Mafia-style. If you are an "useful" individual, then you'd likely be contacted by some Mafia-like entities who offers you a deal that you can't refuse.

    One Chinese philosopher wrote that the Tao of survival is to be useless, and he wrote that down 2500 years ago.
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    godwhomismike , July 27, 2009 5:56 PM
    shadowtechGiven China's huge market for knock-off products, doesn't it seem a little curious that we now know this guy had an actual history of "losing" products before as well?My theory is he was leaking Foxconn manufactured products to those to make the fakes, and when he did so with one of Apple's prototypes he was finally "suicided" off his balcony due to his actions.And now the press is being warned not to talk to his family? Perhaps they view the situation differently? The official version of this story is fishy.



    Don't drink the kool-aid that Apple and friends are offering...

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    christop , July 27, 2009 5:57 PM
    This is wack... What the hell??? F you foxcon I know you are criminals.. If the guy would just leave new stuff around why did you guys let him hold on to it.... STUPID on your part... I would say they pulled some gangster actions on this man.. You suck balls and I will never buy your products... A HUGE FU TO YOU....
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    Gin Fushicho , July 27, 2009 6:01 PM
    Jesus... cant beleive Foxconn thinks that something materialistic (and cheap) is enough to make up for the loss of that (probably) cute girls Boy friend.
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    godwhomismike , July 27, 2009 6:03 PM
    I would be interested in seeing the Chinese government hanging a few corrupt Foxconn execs, if it is found that their employees murdered Danyong.
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    pwndcake , July 27, 2009 6:04 PM
    Sun Danyong's girlfriend was in the market for a computer that was worth as much as a human life. We told her - you find it, you keep it.
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    nonxcarbonx , July 27, 2009 6:06 PM
    Not only do they make cruddy motherboards (i wish I didn't get the Renaissance), they're not too keen on employee relations. I hadn't planned on buying their gear after my MB/poor bios experience w/ them, but now I think I can be pretty sure I'm not getting their hardware again.
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    godwhomismike , July 27, 2009 6:06 PM
    pwndcakeSun Danyong's girlfriend was in the market for a computer that was worth as much as a human life. We told her - you find it, you keep it.


    I am going to hell for chuckling at that.
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