07/04/2012

A Kidney For An iPad

Five people in China have been charged in the case of the 17-year-old who sold one of his kidneys on the black market so he could buy an iPad.

At the time we all thought he must be mad but now it's even worse. He only got the iPad 2. If he wants the new one he'll have to sell another kidney, which means he'll need a dialysis machine. Although I've heard there'll be an app for that soon.

The iPad 3 is even more expensive. That would cost him and arm and a leg. He'd probably pay it.

Prosecutors said the boy has suffered renal deficiency in the absence of the kidney, and his condition is deteriorating. As much as I think what he did was stupid, I'm not going to take the piss. Which is a shame as his one remaining kidney could probably do with the help.

Why did he think it was a good idea? Kidneys are great but technology goes out of date. I remember really wanting a Snes. And the ZX Spectrum. I was so desperate to get one of those but looking back I'm really glad I didn't sell off body parts for something with 128k of memory.

Among those charged was the surgeon who removed the kidney, the guy who arranged it, and probably the guy at PC World who accepted the kidney as payment.

So, the moral of the story is, if you can't afford an iPad don't sell one of your kidneys. Get an Android tablet and just sell some belly button fluff.

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