Maybe some people want to play Angry Birds really, really, really badly. This week saw reports surface of a Chinese teenager selling one of his kidneys in order to use the money to buy an iPad 2. However, it is not clear if the misguided teen bought an iPad 2 or one of Apple’s other popular products – an iPhone. Global Times, which broke the story in English first, seems to get confused between the two.
Seventeen year old Zheng is meant to have sold the kidney in April this year after contacting an agent – that dealt in selling human organs – over the internet. The organ is meant to have netted him 22,000 Yuan or just over £2000/$3000. A high school freshman, his mother became suspicious when Zheng brought his new tech home.
Forcing Zheng to reveal how he came to own such expensive new pieces of kit, his mother then took her son to local police in Chenzhou, Hunan Province where the operation/exchange was meant to have taken place. As of yet no one has been apprehended and charged with what is actually a rather illegal activity to be partaking in. Even in China.
The lesson here is that no matter how much you want to sell your soul to Steve Jobs – don’t sell your organs, as his highly priced consumer electronics are not worth it.