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Boss threatens to sack staff who buy an iPhone

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Trashing KFCs and unofficial Apple stores is not enough for Mainlanders to show their anger towards the United States for interfering with territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

A patriotic boss of a technology firm based in Hangzhou has made it a company policy to get iPhones out of the lives of his staff.

On 18 July, Hangzhou Bina Industrial Technology Company issued a “patriotic notice” informing staff they would be fired if they chose to buy the, as yet, unreleased iPhone 7, according to reports by

At the bottom of the notice, it reads: “From today, any employee who wishes to buy an iPhone 7 will be sacked. Those who are sacked will not be rehired by the company for life.”

For employees who are currently using iPhones, the company has a trade-in offer on the table for its 50-strong workforce to get rid of their iPhones in favour of made-in-China phones.

Any employee with an iPhone 6 will receive 2,500 yuan in compensation, while iPhone 5 users are said to receive 1,500 yuan and iPhone 4 users 1,000 yuan.

Staff will receive the compensation after they have filled out an application form and presented it – along with their newly purchased phone and existing iPhone – to the company’s general manager.

The company ended the notice by reminding employees to love their country, “Let China love Made-in-China”.

The South China Morning Post reported an earlier survey of employees found that the phones most widely used by staff were produced by Xiaomi, Huawei and Apple.

The report said about 13 staff had expressed interest in changing their mobile phones, and about six had then asked for a copy of the application form.

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