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  • Lost iPhone Prototype Ends in Suicide
    25 year-old Sun Danyong received 16 prototype iPhones from the assembly line at a Foxconn factory in China where he worked on Thursday, July 9th. An engineering graduate, Sun had landed a job handling product communications for Foxconn shortly after graduating. Within the following days Sun noticed that one of the prototype iPhones was missing. He reported the missing iPhone to his supervisor on Monday, July 13th.

    By Wednesday Sun found himself in a lot of trouble. As we already know Apple tries to keep their prototypes and future models away from the public eye as much as possible. This secrecy is a tool Apple uses to build up suspense and surprise to increase the grandeur of product launches leading to more sales, more profit, etc etc. Knowing this Sun's employer, Foxconn (who makes Apples iPhones and iPods) took quick measures to ensure that the missing iPhone was found in order to protect Apple's secrets and their business relationship.

    On Wednesday Sun's apartment was searched illegally by 3 Foxconn employees looking for the iPhone. There are also allegations floating around that Sun was detained and then physically abused during the investigation.

    Finally around 3 a.m. on Thursday July 16th Sun jumped out the window of his apartment to his death.

    Apple commented on the tragedy saying
    We are 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.
    Unfortunately this kind of thing appears to happen frequently in China. According to Steven Lin, a Chinese blogger and marketer
    Students [like Sun] have been studying in schools for years, and they have been carefully protected by their parents. They can’t endure such pressure - ‘their house being illegally searched,’ or ‘house arrests’ (if that’s true, according some reports news). Employees at these and other factories sometimes kill themselves simply because of the pressure from their daily jobs — you know what’s going to happen when they face more serious threats. Also, most young Chinese guys don’t have friends who are lawyers, so they don’t know how to protect themselves in the legal system. They won’t even look for help from the legal system. They will just endure the pressure, and finally find an extreme way to end all their troubles.
    [via venturebeat] thx iphoneuser2008 for the tip
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Lost iPhone Prototype Ends in Suicide started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 158 Comments
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      damn this is ****** up on so many lvls...
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      The alleged thief is on the toilet doing a big 1 as we speak.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      Well, real or fake I'm sure Apple will release a Suicide App to try and remedy any future problems. Anyway...

      Seriously though? Jumped out of a window over the loss of an iPhone? I've been to combat twice, wounded once, and lost a number of my friends, and this dope jumps over a friggin phone? I'm with Natural Selection on this one. What an idiot. Stress? That isn't stress. Being shot at and not knowing where the 'rounds are coming from is stress.
      Thank you for your service. We all know about the well known problem with suicide over there. I really don't think Apple themselves had anything to do with it.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thu6 View Post
      damn this is ****** up on so many lvls...
      I was just about to say that. This story just sounds too out there to be true...
    1. oblivior72's Avatar
      oblivior72 -
      It would suck if he remembered where he put it as he was falling :S

      Poor man, I hope the story aint true, no one should have to go through that. And if it is, than theres more to whats being said.

      Cheers
    1. aboudiiiiii's Avatar
      aboudiiiiii -
      Sun! It's not your fault! "Good Will Hunting" But seriously, rest in peace. We take our lives and jobs for granted sometimes but we should always think of how tough certain job environments are. Sometimes I wonder...
    1. khiphone3g's Avatar
      khiphone3g -
      It is not a suicide, it is a murder. If you don't live in a third world country (yes, i still think China a third world politically) you probably won't understand. iPhone costs around USD 1,000 in China. Workers earn average about $100 in this type of countries. For that amount of money, they will kill 10 people without a bling. I used to live in a country where I witnessed murder committed for $25 so this type of story don't suprise me anymore. What sad is how these giant corporations can get away with it. Off course, it is not directly their fault, but it is partly.

      In respond to those who believe all the BS about "GREEN" you may want to check out some marketing textbooks. These companies are using this strategy to make you think they care about you and the world you're living in. I am working for one of the S&P 500 companies and have direct contact with one of the executive. I know how it is. If you can read financial statement, look at the first line and the last line of income statment, you will understand.

      In respond to the soldier above, thanks for your service, but he was not stressed enough to jump off his apartment. He was murderred. Yes it is conspiracy, but it has been done. If people can think of it, people will do it. In a country where they ran tanks over protestors, believe it they are not afraid to throw this guy out of the window.
    1. agent005's Avatar
      agent005 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Either they said something to im that would be worse than death or he was just a weak minded individual. Suicide is a cowards way out. Very sad indeed.
      You make me sick. I'm glad you live in such a situation where your biggest issue is your mom not giving you a credit card to buy your shiny iPhone.

      Way to be an arrogant American. People like you give American's the reputation of insensitive of other's cultures. You don't know what it was like for him. You don't know how he grew up, how he was raised, what he was dealing with.

      People like you make me sick. 'Suicide is a coward's way out'. Makes me feel like your biggest stressor was your ugly girlfriend dumping you.

      Suicide and depression are nothing to screw or joke around with. I've lost three people to suicide. I've lost another two to freak accidents. Sometimes things look hopeless. Everything is gray. Like there is no hope. I couldn't just turn off the TV or get my mom to bail me out.

      Your an insensitive *****. My thoughts and prayers are for Mr. Sun tonight. Whether murdered, or suicide, I don't know, I don't care. You were a young man- never will you breathe, walk, talk, enjoy time with family.
    1. soto806's Avatar
      soto806 -
      wow

      conspiracy theory, he was murdered
    1. bagek's Avatar
      bagek -
      What features did the prototype have is what I really care about, maybe the chick who took it will post the specs, give us a heads up
    1. Xagest's Avatar
      Xagest -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      Well, real or fake I'm sure Apple will release a Suicide App to try and remedy any future problems. Anyway...

      Seriously though? Jumped out of a window over the loss of an iPhone? I've been to combat twice, wounded once, and lost a number of my friends, and this dope jumps over a friggin phone? I'm with Natural Selection on this one. What an idiot. Stress? That isn't stress. Being shot at and not knowing where the 'rounds are coming from is stress.
      I don't think it was the phone that made him jump. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was being held prisoner in his own home and being physically abused by his own employer that did it.
    1. shiPhone25's Avatar
      shiPhone25 -
      that's messed up
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by agent005 View Post
      You make me sick. I'm glad you live in such a situation where your biggest issue is your mom not giving you a credit card to buy your shiny iPhone.

      Way to be an arrogant American. People like you give American's the reputation of insensitive of other's cultures. You don't know what it was like for him. You don't know how he grew up, how he was raised, what he was dealing with.

      People like you make me sick. 'Suicide is a coward's way out'. Makes me feel like your biggest stressor was your ugly girlfriend dumping you.

      Suicide and depression are nothing to screw or joke around with. I've lost three people to suicide. I've lost another two to freak accidents. Sometimes things look hopeless. Everything is gray. Like there is no hope. I couldn't just turn off the TV or get my mom to bail me out.

      Your an insensitive *****. My thoughts and prayers are for Mr. Sun tonight. Whether murdered, or suicide, I don't know, I don't care. You were a young man- never will you breathe, walk, talk, enjoy time with family.
      I really don't think this is fair. There are a lot of people who do think suicide is very cowardly. It won't make sense but I fall in the middle of it. You'll have to excuse me, but I just don't see how someone could take their own life without being selfish. I'm sure I'll get hammered though so I've prepared myself. Like you, I really don't care whether he was murdered or it was suicide. I mean, does it really directly affect me? Of course not.
    1. xgus69's Avatar
      xgus69 -
      hey probably threw him out the window
    1. KingShorty's Avatar
      KingShorty -
      Not something you want to read EVER!
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      just because of an iphone
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Windmeel View Post
      I really don't think this is fair. There are a lot of people who do think suicide is very cowardly. It won't make sense but I fall in the middle of it. You'll have to excuse me, but I just don't see how someone could take their own life without being selfish. I'm sure I'll get hammered though so I've prepared myself. Like you, I really don't care whether he was murdered or it was suicide. I mean, does it really directly affect me? Of course not.
      Welcome to ModMyi. People get hammered here 24/7 for just about saying anything. There's always going to be someone out there that disagrees with what you have to say. Just tell them to fuk off and forget it.
    1. Windmeel's Avatar
      Windmeel -
      Quote Originally Posted by A_DuB187 View Post
      Welcome to ModMyi. People get hammered here 24/7 for just about saying anything. There's always going to be someone out there that disagrees with what you have to say. Just tell them to fuk off and forget it.
      Lol, agreed. At least you aren't lambasting me? Take care.
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      Wow, see Apple, don't be so secretive or people die!