A recent report claims one Foxconn Technology Co Ltd (TPE:2354) (OTCMKTS:FXCOF) employee stole iPhone 6 shells and sold them to a market in Shenzhen, China last summer.
The employee was identified only as Qiao. The 40-year-old man was detained by police on September 4th right after he was allegedly discovered stealing six iPhone 6 shells from the assembly line and subsequently sold them in a market for 6,000 yuan. According to the Wall Street Journal, the factory confirmed one of the employees was detained and the investigation is ongoing.
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Why Foxconn employee stole iPhone 6 shells
Reports indicate this first happened in July when the employee saw an ad for a company which claimed it was purchasing Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) parts for high prices. After he stole a single shell for 1,000 yuan in return, he reportedly stole 5 more shells.
A representative for Foxconn elaborated in an emailed statement, “As a matter of company policy, Foxconn does not comment on any aspect of our work for any customer. However, we can say that we have a strict Company Code of Conduct that our company and our employees are expected to follow and we do not hesitate to take the appropriate action, including bringing matters to the attention of the relevant law enforcement authorities, should we determine that this Code has been violated.”
Apple has yet to comment on the employee’s detainment.
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