Sun Dangyang, 25, was born in a small village. He earned his college degree in Harbin University and was then employed by Foxconn, a Taiwanese company and one of Apple’s largest contractors. His parents were proud of their son however they never expected that the job and an iPhone would finally lead to Sun’s death.
On the morning of 16, July, Sun’s body was found at the foot of his apartment block. He left his last words to his girlfriend and some of his friends. Though the exact cause of his death is as yet unknown, judging from his messages, he committed suicide because he was suspected by Foxconn of stealing an iPhone G4 prototype.
The missing iPhone was deadly to Mr Sun. The security chief of Foxconn, in fear of Steve Jobs’ wrath, was said to have harshly interrogated Sun and searched through his home. The reason that Sun was so heavily pressured was that losing an iPhone prototype could mean losing the contracts from Apple which are worth millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
Sun’s last message to his girlfriend reads:
“My dear, I’m sorry, go back home tomorrow, something has happened to me, please don’t tell my family, don’t contact me, this is the first time that I have ever begged you, please agree to that! I am so sorry!”
After that, he apparently committed suicide.
It could have been a normal if regrettable piece of news since suicide because of intense commercial pressure is not so surprising in China, where the industries are highly competitive. But a sensational post widely circulated on the internet changed everything. The post allegedly recorded an online chat of Sun with one of his friends studying in France. In the online chat which happened right at the night of his death, Sun implied that he was beaten up and humiliated by Foxconn staff.
Sun, as the person responsible for mailing the iPhone prototype back to Apple in US, was the major suspect according to his boss. Sun’s 3-day delay of reporting the loss to his manager further added to suspicion of him. But in the chat Sun explained to his friend:
Calm down and think back what has happened.
There can only be two reasons for the missing iPhone.
First, before I packed it up it had been stolen.
Second, someone stole it that night after it was packed.
I know you are not that kind of person. But you should keep alert of others too. Is it serious?
Though the paper box was sealed, it could be sealed afterwards with the strip seal I put there, and I found the box had been touched by some one.
What will happen to you?
I told my boss 3 days later because I had been looking for it. I thought more prototypes were on the streamline so I wished to handle the trouble myself. But I had no way to find it back and I know that leaking an iPhone is very serious a problem. So I called Jeff (his boss)
Sincerely, what I said to the security department today is all true though it might look suspicious in some places. I can understand you. If it were you I would thought the same way.
But I can’t afford the humiliation of my personality.
Sun then said:
Don’t be discouraged and don’t do something overacted.
It is my fault. I am sorry. But it was f**king not me that took the iPhone.
那个关人的房间居然没有摄像头,太他妈强了,去过C02 1.5F 这么多次,这次才发现那里还有这么个@#的世外桃园,不知有多少人被在那负过
So you should live on to show to those bastards that you are innocent.
But this time, I guess something much worse would soon happen. I might be beaten up again without any reason and thrown to the police station? I don’t know.
Sun, be careful now, keep evidence and don’t resist when there is no way out.
The place that confined me doesn’t have CCTV! F**king a**hole. So many times had I been there but I had never found the place. I can't tell how many people had been bullied over there.
Thanks my colleagues in this one year. It was a great time with you. Particularly my dear chief Jeff. Appreciate your help. I had so many problems and you always help me deal with the customers.
My last word, I didn’t take the Iphone N90
Yes, one thing more. I am still paying back the interest of my college loan. Hope it won’t affect my brother and sister. Sorry for that. See you, my friend. I feel much better thinking that I don’t have to be bullied anymore and I don't need to be a scapegoat.
Two hours later, Sun apparently jumped from the top of the building.
The record was verified and thought to be authentic. Journalists soon found the security chief, Gu Qinming mentioned by Sun. Gu Qinming replied:
He also denied that he searched Sun’s home by force.
Not many people trust the apology of Foxconn.
牵着蜗牛过马路 echoed the complaint:
82926303 said Foxconn is too powerful a company to beat:
On the internal forum of Foxconn, there are also posts regretting Sun’s death and complaining about Foxconn’s suppressing atmosphere. Taiwan businessmen are thought to be just like foreign suppressors. sgqlove520 said
(Bob Guy also contributes to the post.)