Chinese Lead Toy Maker Commits Suicide In Mattel Recall Aftermath

The owner of a Chinese toy factory identified by Mattel as the maker of the lead-tainted toys involved in a million unit recall committed suicide Saturday afternoon inside his factory, according to Chinese officials, the AP reports. According to the article, dishonored officials commonly commit suicide.

It would appear that the Chinese Poison Train is, itself, made of lead, and even its own wicked engineers are not immune to its sickly sweet charms.

China Toy Boss Kills Self After Recall [AP]
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  1. agent2600 says:

    hmm….so in the end the money hungry bastard takes the cowards way out…some how it figures

    dishonored officials commonly commit suicide.

    I don’t agree with this statement, you have to be doing somthing honerable in the first place to be dishonored, it should read that the evil lying government officals that get caught by the public commit suicide to advoid torture by china’s lovely government, who creates a spectical when nessacary to bring the publics eye away from whats really going on.

  2. ColoradoShark says:

    Suicide as in “Here’s a gun so you can shoot yourself or we can hold a trial, find you guilty, shoot you and then send the bill to family for the trial and bullet?”

  3. headon says:

    You’ve got to admit it’s a great justice system. Imagine if the Enron boys, the Global Crossing guys, The Healthsouth dudes all chose suicide. Think of all the tax dollars we would save attempting to bring these money grubbing SOB’s to trial.

  4. hustler says:

    Thomas the Train and suicide…lololol…hahaha.

  5. gibsonic says:


    my thoughts exactly.

    it was going to happen one way or another.

  6. NoNamesLeft says:

    I this this is a clear case of government assisted suicide.

  7. mac-phisto says:

    @headon: imagine how much more we’d save if “ethics” actually existed in global corporate culture.

  8. says:

    oh snap

  9. bohemian says:

    I am torn. Ask US execs to adopt this or question the Chinese for thinking this solves anything.

    Maybe just oodles of class action suits for every US company selling dangerous products would spur some responsibility at least from the US companies to quit looking the other way.

    I would pay double the price for toys I knew were made under controlled and monitored conditions here in the states.

  10. cde says:

    Suicide, or seppuku?

  11. Trai_Dep says:

    But wait. I thought it wasn’t the Chinese’s fault in this!

    Suicide’s too easy. Should have made his children eat lead until their brain atrophies (or they start enjoying Limbaugh, whichever comes first).

  12. axiomatic says:

    I wish this would happen in America more often. In America, the evil CEO just gets a promotion to a different company with a $40 million dollar hiring bonus.

  13. mac-phisto says:

    @cde: seppuku is a ritual reserved for the japanese samurai warrior class.

    @axiomatic: yeah, & don’t forget the $40 million buy out s/he gets when the company terminates their contract.

  14. chinadoll724 says:

    Sorry to be totally off-topic, but does anyone else think this line’s funny? “Associated Press Writer Dikky Sinn in Hong Kong contributed to this story.” It doesn’t sound like an actual Cantonese name so I think he actually picked that name.

  15. adamondi says:

    I wish that this tactic would be adopted by these Chinese Poison Train conductors before they put millions of contaminated products out there into the market.

    No matter what, though, this guy took the coward’s way out. He cheated his customers, endangered consumers, and then copped out of everything by killing himself. “Dishonored” is a weak word to describe this piece of garbage.

  16. Gloating over someone killing them self. Now, that’s class.

  17. fall_farewell says:

    @axiomatic: Completely right, we reward corrupt CEOs in America. It is only when they get caught or when someone needs a good news story that a corrupt CEO gets outed or punished.

  18. Musician78 says:

    I don’t have a problem with corrupt business people killing themselves when they royally mess up. None what so ever. In fact, I think there are many many times where people should kill themselves in order to maintain dignity to their family’s name *or something like that anyway*.

  19. Ncisfan says:

    @trai_dep: Ooch that hurts. Really stop calling Republicans retarded it just makes you seem like an snobby asshole oh wait you are already a snobby asshole are you not?