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Chongqing Hospital Forbids Employees from Buying New iPhone 7

By Luo Ensi (People's Daily Online)    22:29, September 28, 2016

Wang Sicong, only son of China's richest man Wang Jianlin, stacked all the iPhone 7 he bought for his beloved pet dog and posted it online.

A hospital in Chongqing, China’s central Sichuan province, has reportedly banned its employees from purchasing the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7plus. On Tuesday, a reader posted on public forums that their workplace, a hospital in the Fuling suburban district of Chongqing, implemented “strange” new rules restricting employees from purchasing Apple’s newest iPhone model.

The announcement of the hospital

In the post, the reader said anyone caught violating this rule would be let go from the hospital. An original copy of the notification sent to all employees reads, “At a time when the People’s Republic of China celebrates its 67th anniversary, this institution advocates prudence and diligence, wishing to put an end to luxurious and wasteful spending.” The notification goes on to officially prohibit buying the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus models, warning that violators will be terminated.

An employee from the hospital told media that the rule is indeed true. However, the employee told reporters to reach out to the president of the hospital to find out a concrete reason for the rule.

Some people online believe the restriction is inappropriate. One user said, “this type of rule is inhumane. How can you link together a personal purchase of a phone with work?” Another user wrote, “Let’s not rule out the possibility this hospital is doing this for the publicity.” 

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