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Chinese Boy Sells Kidney For iPad2

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the brand-loyalty dept.

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aquabat writes "According to Shanghai Daily, a boy from the Anhui Province desperately wanted to buy Apple's flagship tablet but didn't have enough cash. Rather than waiting to save up the money for the Apple product when it invariably gets marked down, the lad decided to sell one of his kidneys for 22,000 yuan (roughly $3,400) so he could afford one. But, surprisingly, the scenario in which the organ was harvested wasn't in the best of conditions, and the boy isn't feeling very well."

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Greed (1, Troll)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330864)

He got exactly what he wanted.

Re:Greed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330878)

Except the surgery was performed unprofessionally.

Re:Greed (4, Insightful)

petteyg359 (1847514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330910)

That's his own damn fault for agreeing to have some random person on the internet perform invasive surgery. Stupid actions have consequences.

Re:Greed (1, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330946)

Ahh, that legendary slashdot compassion.

Re:Greed (5, Insightful)

petteyg359 (1847514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330976)

Compassion for stupidity only results in an increase in stupidity.

Re:Greed (4, Funny)

dwarfsoft (461760) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331020)

One kidney? That's a bargain! Over here it costs an arm and a leg.

Re:Greed (4, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331322)

I heard he was saving his arm/leg to buy the inevitable iPad3...

Re:Greed (1)

jschmitz (607083) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331150)

Spoken like a true Christian (note the big C)

Re:Greed (-1, Flamebait)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331196)

You are the living proof that stupidity can exist without any compassion at all.

Re:Greed (4, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331154)

It's pretty hard to have compassion for something so obviously stupid. If he'd sold it to help his sick mother or something that would be grounds for compassion, but he significantly shortened his lifespan to buy a tech toy which will be passe in a year's time, if not sooner.. wtf..

Re:Greed (2, Insightful)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331698)

100% agree.
We need to stop believing the drivel that is being shoveled at us.

All points of view are valid. (Bullshit. Some points of view have no basis in reality.)

There is no black and white, good and bad. It is all shades of gray. (Again Bullshit. Some people and ideas are just dead wrong. This is one of them.)

There must be tolerance for all our differences. ( This one is complicated. Yes. Tolerance should be practiced for most differences. No tolerance for child rape and so on. But. People tend to act as if tolerance and acceptance are equal. They are not. You should definitely be able to tell the difference between me accepting you and me tolerating your existence.)

There are many more. And compassion without reason is one.
Do not feel compassion for a person that chooses to sell their kidney for an iPad. It does them no good. It does you no good. It does society harm.

Re:Greed (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331218)

Yup.. Like the compassion needed for the teenage girl that runs over and kills a motorcyclist.... Give her a break, she's a new driver, you need to expect her to kill a few people!

Re:Greed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331472)

In that case the compassion would be directed towards those injured/killed by the stupid act. Same as in the case of someone deluded enough to seriously harm his health to buy a new tech toy.

No one here is claiming we should be compassionate to the doctor who performed the surgery (which would be closer to your analogy).

Re:Greed (-1, Flamebait)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331540)

Like the compassion needed for the teenage girl that runs over and kills a motorcyclist....

In this case the one who does not deserve compassion is the motorcyclist.

Car manufacturers are always creating ways to make cars safer for the occupants, seat belts, air bags, crumple zones, structural reinforcements, etc. Then there comes this guy in a vehicle that's intrinsically unsafe, without any protection for the driver or passenger, a vehicle that's small enough to be difficult to spot by other drivers, a vehicle so unstable that it must be continuously moving, so unstable it topples over at the slightest skid. Any motorcyclist who dies gets a Darwin award.

But I agree with you that being a new driver is no excuse for causing accidents. Unfortunately, in most places the exam for getting a driver's license is ridiculously easy. IMHO, the exam should include driving at the highest speed limit in the country and handling emergencies in adverse conditions, such as making an emergency stop on a wet track at night. That would do much more for reducing traffic deaths than reducing alcohol limits, for instance.

Re:Greed (2)

Unkyjar (1148699) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331636)

Yeah, and what's with those damn pedestrians too?!! I mean, those legs are death traps, they don't absorb the impact of a car at all. Compounded with the fact that pedestrians don't even wear safety equipment half the time, it's like they're asking to be hit by cars, trucks and buses.

Re:Greed (1)

uniquename72 (1169497) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331662)

Spoken like a true American, living your life from safety-tested cradle to carefully scrubbed and disinfected coffin, and in between using gallons of hand sanitizer and standing in line with your shoes off at the airport.

Isn't it shameful living your life in fear? Must personal safety be the most important consideration at all times? Don't you ever get bored?

Re:Greed (2)

slackbheep (1420367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331592)

To be realistic most of us simply do not have an infinite amount of compassion. While yes, ultimately this is a story about a man selling his organs for things he cannot afford... It was an iPad.
Not food, clothing, shelter or even a chance to improve his lot in life just the days hottest piece of tech.

Re:Greed (2)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330968)

All surgery has risk. But I agree that this action was highly unethical and harmful to the patient, whose mental health issues (valuing an iPod over a kidney is not an expected attitude) should have been addressed first. Not to mention that according to TFA the hospital is not qualified to perform transplants, so the organ was probably "wasted".

Re:Greed (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331098)

valuing an iPod over a kidney is not an expected attitude

Anyone who's ever witnessed an Apple fanboi wouldn't be that shocked. I certainly wasn't. Dismayed, yes.. shocked, no.. this was monumentally stupid. He should have just got a cheap Chinese tablet, or used iPad, even if he was desperate for a gadget fix.

Re:Greed (1)

kryliss (72493) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331552)

Hell... He probably knows several people that build the things all day long, maybe they could have just smuggled one out for him...

Sounds completly bogus story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330866)

nn

I would have just whored myself. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330890)

Prostitution worked for me.

Re:I would have just whored myself. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331298)

Prostitution worked for me.

I don't think you understand. When you pay people to have sex with you, you aren't the prostitute.

Re:I would have just whored myself. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331536)

Prostitution worked for me.

I don't think you understand. When you pay people to have sex with you, you aren't the prostitute.

I don't think you understand. The original statement was 'I would have whored myself' this implies recieving the money.

Re:I would have just whored myself. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331494)

I don't think that "Ahh! My eyes! I'll give you $100 to put your pants back on!" counts as prostitution...

Bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330892)

If you're stupid enough to want that, you deserve no more.

Sorry, but it really is just that. And isn't it supposed to read 'unsurprisingly'?

Next step (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330902)

Is he going to sell the other one when the iPad3 is released?

ipad 3 (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330908)

What will he do when ipad 3 comes out?

Re:ipad 3 (1)

MooseTick (895855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330938)

you can always sell parts of your liver

I don't think that would work. (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331612)

Steve already bought all the livers he will ever need.

Re:ipad 3 (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330940)

He's got another kidney.

Re:ipad 3 (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330972)

That was indeed the joke.

Well spotted.

Re:ipad 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331134)

That was indeed the joke.

Well spotted.

You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to slip something past the fat nerds on /..

Re:ipad 3 (1)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331084)

Ipad 3, Kidney 2

Re:ipad 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330960)

Why he'll donate half of his liver, his corneas and his bone marrow once a week for six months of course. At which point the iPad 4 will be out with it's shiney new... case. ;-)

Re:ipad 3 (1)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330962)

Sell his left nut.

Re:ipad 3 (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331024)

Sell the other kidney. That is why you have two.

Re:ipad 3 (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331206)

He could sell his brain... didn't use it anyway.

Re:ipad 3 (1)

eltora49 (1926704) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331728)

Sell his brain .. cos he obviously ain't using it..

fair swap (4, Funny)

joss (1346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330918)

I always thought ipads were offal

Re:fair swap (-1, Offtopic)

mistiry (1845474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331170)

LMFAO!

You, sir, deserve a mod up for that one.

Re:fair swap (0)

Aighearach (97333) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331710)

rofl we have a winner~!

This, literally, makes me ill. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330922)

That is all.

Re:This, literally, makes me ill. (0)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331336)

That pretty much sums up my reaction. This is literally sickening, in many ways.

Tsk (1)

return 42 (459012) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330956)

Wonder if he'll qualify for a Darwin Award?

Hey, maybe when the next version comes out he'll sell the other kidney!

Re:Tsk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331078)

I'll read about it on my iPad.

Re:Tsk (2)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331516)

sadly, this boy will be able to circumvent Darwin by selling his left and right nut for the iPad 4 and 5; the gonads will be used to breed more greedy little stupid shits.

So, what happened to humanity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36330970)

There's an Apple advert here every single day now.

Also people sacrificing themselves to the pyre of materialism, but that's how the world economy keeps running.

People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (2)

rednip (186217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36330974)

People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys, I believe that there was even talk of legalizing the trade in places. It's not hard to see why some people would be willing to sell their own 'extra' organs for what they might see as a princely sum. Many people die from just such circumstances every year, it's a sad reality. The fact that one of the things he bought was an iPad2 is only a detail showing that his 'needs' were purely superficial and enough to get picked up as a story by Slashdot.

Re:People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331028)

People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys, I believe that there was even talk of legalizing the trade in places. It's not hard to see why some people would be willing to sell their own 'extra' organs for what they might see as a princely sum.

If they think "my family is starving - this could feed them for years" or "I can start a new life" then maybe. But in this case it was "I could get a shiny toy!".

Re:People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331116)

Summary claims he got over three grand for his kidney. He could have gotten quite a bit more than an iPad out of this, but I suppose "Chinese Boy Sells Kidney and Spends About 15% of the Cash on an iPad 2" doesn't have the same ring to it.

Re:People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (4, Informative)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331080)

There are no "extra" organs. A kidney donor's physiological reserve is diminished after donation. Sure, the donor can live to a ripe old age with just one kidney - provided nothing ever goes wrong. However their ability to deal with extreme cases like infection, toxicity and pH/electrolyte imbalances is compromised and they tend to die a lot faster in these situations than a person with two functional kidneys.

Re:People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331236)

This is one of those things that seems "obviously" true, but the data does NOT bear it out. Living kidney donors do not suffer from diminished quality of life or life expectancy. There is a modest increase in blood pressure with increased risk of hypertension but minimal decline in eGFR (ie the remaining kidney picks up most of the slack). Cohorts with good follow-up have followed subjects as far out as 28 years post donation without significantly increased mortality.

The set of ICU-level conditions that would rapidly kill a living kidney donor but not lead to long-term morbidity/mortality for a non-donor are so small as to be negligible.

The people who do worst as donors are the obese, but I am not aware of any research comparing obese living kidney donors to obese non-donors, so it isn't clear to me at all that their lesser outcomes (worse progression of hypertension with proteinuria) represent an interaction between obesity and loss of renal function rather than just the pernicious effects of obesity.

Re:People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (1)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331446)

I'd do it to save someone's life. But just for money? Nope, one kidney punch or car accident away from wiping out that other kidney. Heck, even a bad/awkward fall. No thanks.

Re:People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331584)

Even if you did, after 18 months you're left with another Apple product which'll look pretty lame compared to the iPad 4/5/6....

Re:People do pay 'big' cash for kidneys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331378)

Nonsense... I was born with one kidney (solitary kidney), a condition that affects about 1 in 1000 people, and life expectancy is not affected: "Overall survival was not affected by URA. URA is compatible with normal longevity and does not predispose the contralateral kidney to greater-than-normal risk." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1472993/

Most cases of solitary kidney go unnoticed unless someone has an MRI or CT scan for unrelated reasons, like I did after an auto accident.

And in direct opposition to your claim that "there are no extra organs" lies the appendix, the only organ whose presence constitutes a substantial risk factor for premature death. Tonsils could arguably be in that category as well, though they at least have a purpose, even if it's extraneous.

Posting anon since I'd rather not attach my medical history to my username.

On the positive side... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331008)

The boy has probably saved another person life. Hopefully these operations were not too botched and everyone will get to live.

Re:On the positive side... (0)

simoncpu was here (1601629) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331070)

Whoa, compassion in Slashdot? You must be new here.

Re:On the positive side... (0)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331640)

Now get off our lawn.

Corruption at its finest (5, Informative)

conscarcdr (1429747) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331046)

According to TFA, the hospital where his kidney was removed was in fact a military one: "PLA 198 hospital", which, when questioned by the police, claimed no knowledge on the broker who arranged the deal, since the whole department was "contracted to a businessman".

Just his kidney? (3, Insightful)

heptapod (243146) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331058)

Wow, if he gave Steve Jobs his pancreas his family could've gotten some shares of Apple, an iPad 2 and more Mac shit than he could shake a chopstick at. It'd save Steve the embarassment of buying his way ahead in line for another transplant.

wow (0)

jschmitz (607083) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331082)

Take that Google!! lol

Medical Advice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331086)

For 3g service, i recommend to sell your cornea

Not sustainable though (1)

cvtan (752695) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331088)

He will be in bad shape by the time the iPad13 comes out.

Hope he got the wifi model (4, Funny)

ddd0004 (1984672) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331102)

That 3G data plan will cost an arm and leg

Re:Hope he got the wifi model (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331742)

I see what you did there.

Apple can fix this... (1)

Thruen (753567) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331136)

...they just need to start a more official trade-a-kidney program. That way they can trade an iPad for a kidney and then turn around and sell the kidney to someone who needs it! They'll just need to do better than Sony, who tried this once in the '90s but after only shipping empty boxes to the first few thousand people decided it was easier to just call it "donating" a kidney. You can buy Sony-brand kidneys over in Japan, you know.

Re:Apple can fix this... (1)

ray_mccrae (78654) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331390)

What do you mean resell the kidney? Mr Jobs needs to feast on little children's kidneys to survive.

He should have (1)

kenholm3 (1400969) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331138)

gone for the Wii

Crazy (1)

BreezeC (2040184) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331158)

Take a kidney to exchange a "apple"? That's crazy!
Do he want to kill himself for a "apple"? Oh,he won't,he just want a ipad.

Other end? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331180)

I wonder how the recipient of the kidney is feeling now?

Ipad2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331208)

It's the pain and suffering that makes it awesome.

And then we have the OLPC program giving away what is just about the same hardware as an ipad....

I'm not sure... But knowing these two things kinda makes me sad to be human.

I'm so sorry... (1)

theLime (4908) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331252)

but I hope he got a free copy of iAlysis

Kidney for Steve Jobs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331264)

Heard Steve Jobs needed one.. here is one for him..

Boys actions were shortsighted perhaps (2)

mysidia (191772) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331284)

It's horrible he made so great a sacrifice, so lightly. $3000 is a paltry amount for such a thing.. Man, either donate it, or get actually a decent amount for it such as $100k or so.

On the bright side... someone actually needs that kidney, and good will probably come out of this.

Maybe that's what the boy was thinking anyways... donate and help someone... get a little reward.

Trading body parts meant to last your entire life for toys that will last a few years and then be outdated, doesn't seem like a good plan. What's next... his left hand? Big toe? How 'bout some bones.

If he has kidney problems later than life, he will regret this. He might find himself on the buying side, then, I suppose, assuming he can hold out long enough.

Time for China to let their people have real money (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331320)

This is just a sign of the time - Chinese are the ones producing the damned things, and they are the ones having to sell their kidneys to own one. I am really wondering how much more will it take their people, before they rise against their government and stop their government from printing their own currency into oblivion, just so the foreigners can enjoy fruits of Chinese labor so cheaply, while the Chinese standard of living is stagnating, because their own money does not buy the products, they themselves create.

They are the manufacturer of the world, they are paying for the inflation of the world with more production and they immediately feel the inflation (expansion of money) as rising prices, so last year they had 15-25% price increases for food. How much more of this will they allow their government to perpetrate upon them? They need to cut it, call it a day and stop subsidizing Dollars and Euros, etc., and let their own people enjoy their own work in their own appreciating currency.

Re:Time for China to let their people have real mo (1)

digsbo (1292334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331546)

You are very right about this. But consider that the Chinese government has been telling its citizens to acquire gold for several years now, and they've done as they were told. It's in preparation, I believe, for decoupling the yuan from the dollar. I am shocked few people are aware of this, because when that happens, the pent-up domestic demand in China will have a chance to be met, and a large middle class will emerge there in a few year (much like the USA after WWII). In the US, the dollar will become worthless, and we will regress economically about 5 decades' worth.

Re:Time for China to let their people have real mo (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331600)

Sorry, but I would have to give a kidney to own one too, I am obiously not going to but that doesnt change the situation. So I ask why should I care about the chineese having real money when working class slobs like I are in the same perdictiment

Re:Time for China to let their people have real mo (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331628)

But my question was not directed at you, reread my comment. My question was a rhetorical one, directed at the people of China - What gives, people of China? Why do you want to give up you kidneys to own stupid iPads, when you are the ones manufacturing them? All you have to do is send a real message to your government (or better yet, take it down), so that the Chinese currency is no longer manufactured and US/EU inflation is no longer pushed into Asia.

As for you, you should be asking exactly the same thing of your government, as the reason that China is manufacturing everything today, is that your government is destroying your currency, while not allowing business to restart in the US due to business regulations and taxes. You should be asking your government: WTF? Why are you destroying incentives of businesses to even exist in the country, never mind hiring people here?

He got a great deal... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331330)

... Apple products normally cost an arm and a leg.

As Someone w/ a Kidney Disease (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331342)

As someone who has a kidney disease, this is good to know. I wish more healthy people were willing to do this out of charity and compassion. But I don't begrudge someone doing it for money/iPad/whatever.

I'm not throwing stones. I have no idea if I'd be willing to donate a kidney if I had healthy ones.

Re:As Someone w/ a Kidney Disease (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331448)

Let me help: Nope!

Our own natural sense of survival far outweighs any charitable notions.

Human centipad, you're doing it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331384)

Besides the centipad will get a free upgrade to ipad3, whereas he won't...

There's an app for that! (1)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331414)

Hey now he can use his new IPad2 to track his dialysis appointments.

Well.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331416)

I guess he preferred iPad over iPeed.

-dvikram

Need a New Kidney? (1)

mandark1967 (630856) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331468)

There's an App for that!

At least it's legal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331512)

That's fine, what could possibly go wrong? Now, if they'd given him one for free, oh the horror.

He did NOT sell for an iPad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331550)

He sold his kidney for $3500 bucks. One of the things he bought was an iPad. But that's not a great headline I guess, and it doesn't fan the flames of Apple obsession. "I gotta buy an iPad - people give kidneys for these things!". whatever.

It's a very sad story, yet many people here don't (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331560)

He is just a kid trained and conditioned to "need" things like iPads from birth.
Then he was persuaded to sell his kidney. I really wonder why did they pay him instead of leaving him unconscious in the bed.

All those who say he is stupid and deserves it, should think twice, because that's exactly what that broker must have thought about him. You are perfect candidates for the job (duties: trick not educated people, kids and people not smart enough into selling their organs. They are stupid, they deserve it).

he than (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331586)

Returned to work at Foxconn making iPads the next day.

How many iPads did Steve Jobs pay . . . (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331608)

. . . for his liver? Just figuratively asking.

Self-curing problem (1)

yt8znu35 (1202731) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331642)

This fixes itself. If Apple fanbois want to sell their organs for each new Apple device, that's fine with me. (In China they probably would have harvested his kidney anyway.)

Who said black market organs dealer aren't honest (1)

OrangeMonkey11 (1553753) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331682)

Our world is full of surprises, it's good to know that there are good and honest black market organs dealer out there that would not take advantage of someone in need for cash. I can sleep easy at night knowing that if i need cash i can always turn to a black market organs dealer and trust that he/she/they would only removed what I'm willing to sell rather than murder me and sell all of my organs.

OIther Apple Fanbois (1)

hduff (570443) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331684)

Look lame in comparison.

Sad state of affairs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331690)

A sad statement on our world-wide materialistic culture.

The kid was so brainwashed to believe that above all else he must own some shiny toy, to the point where he would let some complete stranger carve bits of his guts out to get the money to pay for the toy. He's no better than a street junkie looking for a fix, the fix might last longer than a few hours but the shiny gadget's appeal will wear thin in a year or so when another new shiny gadget comes along.

TheOatmeal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331708)

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apple

Communism at work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331738)

did the kidney go to a party member?

r we sure? (1)

Twillerror (536681) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331756)

This isn't a south park script that got leaked? Seriously this is the kind of crap Kenny would do.

Organ factories: If he'd been a bit smarter... (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331774)

He could have bought a Nigerian baby for $192 (see: http://www.nodeju.com/nigerian-police-closes-baby-factory/9840/ [nodeju.com] ), sold the baby's kidney for $3400, bought an iPad and have come out of it with a profit!

While life is valuable here in western countries (consider what Americans spend in the final year of their lives for a few more months of breathing), elsewhere, and depending upon where you are, life can be bought for as little as a few hundred.

That life transported elsewhere can then be bought and sold for profit, depending upon local laws. It's a weird world we live in, but I'm surprised no one in China has yet thought about selling organs from cheaply produced Nigerian babies.

As population rises, and an increasing number of people get older, I predict a huge underground market for body parts, and since China is swimming with people, and in Nigeria, life is cheap. There's potential here....

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