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Trial begins in China over teen who sold kidney for an iPad, iPhone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Aug 2012 13:23 User comments (13)

Trial begins in China over teen who sold kidney for an iPad, iPhone Last year, shocking reports out of China claimed a teen had sold his kidney in exchange for an iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
Today, the trial begins for the five people accused of giving him the illegal organ transplant.

18-year old Wang Shangkun remains in serious condition, reads the China Daily newspaper and those accused face up to 10 years in prison for charges of intentional injury and illegal organ trading.

Court documents state Shangkun contacted an illegal agency online and then agreed to sell his kidney for cash. Supposedly, the organ traders were supposed to give Shangkun 150,000 yuan ($24,000 USD) and another $10,000 in USD. Wang only received 22,000 yuan ($3500) in actuality. He then used the cash to purchase an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4S, since authorities believe he was scared to be carrying so much cash.

Wang and his mother are seeking 2.7 million yuan in compensation from the organ traders, the hospital used and a medical investment company.

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13 user comments

110.8.2012 14:45

Great, so stick him in jail & smack him for a bunch of money that'll never get paid while he lay dying from a botched kidney operation for botched Apple products, for which he was short changed on the whole thing anyway.

The greed in us all.


210.8.2012 16:01

Now that's what I call a hardcore Apple freak. 2.7 million yuan can buy a bunch of noodles and quit a few bags of rice.


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310.8.2012 16:09

ipad iphone sensationalism, agreed terms were " the organ traders were supposed to give Shangkun 150,000 yuan ($24,000 USD) and another $10,000 in USD. Wang only received 22,000 yuan ($3500) in actuality. " no mention of exchange for ipod or iphone in the whole article or any of the ones i searched for related to this. it is literally PUT IPAD IN HEADLINE GET CLICKS.

410.8.2012 16:30

The new iPhone 5 is coming out next month and I can't afford it, does anyone want my penis? It hasn't been used for years and just gets in my way...haha

510.8.2012 18:15

Thx. God I hate Crappel !
NOTE: I will keep my penis for future use.


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610.8.2012 19:34

Originally posted by g_slide:
The new iPhone 5 is coming out next month and I can't afford it, does anyone want my penis? It hasn't been used for years and just gets in my way...haha
as long as your penis works with my mac and can sync with itunes I'll buy it off you I always wanted an iDick


711.8.2012 3:42

Originally posted by g_slide:
The new iPhone 5 is coming out next month and I can't afford it, does anyone want my penis? It hasn't been used for years and just gets in my way...haha

I think that's what drives many haters and fanboys. No sex makes them irrational, angry and jumpy. :-)

811.8.2012 6:14

I think everyone here at Afterdawn should chip in and send this kid a nice hearty kidney pie. I think it would make him feel so much better.

912.8.2012 10:22

Originally posted by Mr_Bill06:
I think everyone here at Afterdawn should chip in and send this kid a nice hearty kidney pie. I think it would make him feel so much better.
If I had his address I'd take a bite out of an apple and send it to him, by the slowest shipping available.

And no...he did not trade his kidney for iCrap...he sold it so he could be trendy with some iCrap, a moped, etc. $34,000USD doesn't make you rich in China, but it does put you well above middle class. I'm sure that if it was legal and safe, so many people in China would be selling a kidney that the price would drop under $5,000USD.


1013.8.2012 17:28

Originally posted by stuntman_:
Originally posted by g_slide:
The new iPhone 5 is coming out next month and I can't afford it, does anyone want my penis? It hasn't been used for years and just gets in my way...haha
as long as your penis works with my mac and can sync with itunes I'll buy it off you I always wanted an iDick
Unfortunately I already sold my penis on Craigslist and shipped it to some guy in Nigeria. I don't think I'm going to get my money, but at least I can now pee sitting down... LOL

1114.8.2012 5:29

Originally posted by Mr_Bill06:
I think everyone here at Afterdawn should chip in and send this kid a nice hearty kidney pie. I think it would make him feel so much better.
i think he should of used the money to buy himself a new kidney.

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1218.8.2012 4:35

Originally posted by JST1946:
Now that's what I call a hardcore Apple freak. 2.7 million yuan can buy a bunch of noodles and quit a few bags of rice.
Lmao
U can never have too many noodles (or rice)
:-)

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1327.8.2012 6:31

Originally posted by Hopium:
ipad iphone sensationalism, agreed terms were " the organ traders were supposed to give Shangkun 150,000 yuan ($24,000 USD) and another $10,000 in USD. Wang only received 22,000 yuan ($3500) in actuality. " no mention of exchange for ipod or iphone in the whole article or any of the ones i searched for related to this. it is literally PUT IPAD IN HEADLINE GET CLICKS.
I think it could go either way. The article states that authorities *believe* he bought the Apple gear, in order to liquidate the amount of currency he was carrying. They didn't flat-out say that the victim sold his kidneys for the reason of purchasing the gear. The other side of the coin could be that the victim actually *did* sell his kidneys just for that reason. Apple is such a large manufacturing client for China, that the Chinese authorities would not want to alienate them. Apple, being such an image conscious corporation, would not want to be associated with such a tragic event. By introducing an alternative reason for the action of the victim, they produce a..."disconnect", if you will, between the Apple corporation, and the action(s) of the victim. In other words, he did it for reasons *other* than he wanted to obtain products from Apple. And of course, I could also be totally wrong here.

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