Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jul 2009 20:10 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Hardware, Embedded Systems This is one sad story to report on. Sun Danyong, 25-year-old employee at Chinese manufacturing company Foxconn, has committed suicide after being subjected to apparently rather rigorous interrogation methods by Foxconn's Central Security Division. Danyong handled a shipment of 16 iPhone prototypes, and one of them went missing. Update: Apple responds: "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."
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oh come on
by helf on Tue 21st Jul 2009 23:15 UTC
helf
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2005-07-06

I don't care how "rigorous" the questioning was, there is no way in hell it would have been bad enough for someone with a sound mind to commit suicide. That is just pathetic. Call me callus, if you will, but damn. That is pathetic.

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RE: oh come on
by TechGeek on Tue 21st Jul 2009 23:37 in reply to "oh come on"
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2006-01-14

Well, its obvious you've never been oppressed. They probably didn't just work him over. They probably threatened him, his wife, his siblings, his parents. Considering the punishment, he may very well have thought that death was far easier than living with the knowledge that his entire family suffered because of his mistake.

Its easy to think that there is nothing anyone could do to you that would make you commit suicide. But what wouldn't some of us do to protect family? Its a whole other story when they put the pressure on someone else.

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RE: oh come on
by DrillSgt on Tue 21st Jul 2009 23:41 in reply to "oh come on"
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2005-12-02

I don't care how "rigorous" the questioning was, there is no way in hell it would have been bad enough for someone with a sound mind to commit suicide. That is just pathetic. Call me callus, if you will, but damn. That is pathetic.


I am guessing, being an Asian country, they attacked his "Honor", and told him he had none left. Most likely even brought up that he had brought disgrace on his family. That alone in the Asian world is enough to cause someone to commit suicide. Of course things may have changed since I was last in that part of Asia, however I doubt it since those beliefs and ideals go back many centuries, before the Ming dynasty.

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RE: oh come on
by bousozoku on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 02:13 in reply to "oh come on"
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2006-01-23

I don't care how "rigorous" the questioning was, there is no way in hell it would have been bad enough for someone with a sound mind to commit suicide. That is just pathetic. Call me callus, if you will, but damn. That is pathetic.


How western hemisphere of you!

He might not even have been questioned rigourously. He may have felt that his family honour was shamed and committed suicide on his own. You can be of sound mind and do it for the sake of your family. It's still sad, but honourable.

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RE[2]: oh come on
by Soulbender on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 04:38 in reply to "RE: oh come on"
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2005-08-18

He may have felt that his family honour was shamed and committed suicide on his own.


Right, because that is really a sound way of reasoning.

You can be of sound mind and do it for the sake of your family. It's still sad, but honourable.


If you kill yourself "for the sake of your family" for being suspected of theft you're not of a sound mind and there's nothing honorable about it.
Just because it's a different culture doesn't mean it's right.

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RE: oh come on
by JonathanBThompson on Thu 23rd Jul 2009 16:49 in reply to "oh come on"
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2006-05-26

Darwin at its finest!

Seriously, if you can't deal with failure of something that's not so vitally important, it's probably better for the species for you to exit the gene pool voluntarily before you contaminate it too much, because you won't be able to deal with more important things that really matter for survival.

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