Florida Medical Supplies Executive Held Hostage by Chinese Workers

1:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Florida Medical Supplies Executive Held Hostage by Chinese Workers

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The president of a medical supplies company based in Coral Springs is being held captive by angry Chinese workers in a suburban Beijing factory, the Associated Press reports. Specialty Medical Supplies, Inc. president Charles "Chip" Starnes says he has been locked in his office since last week, when he announced that about 50 workers would be laid off because the company is stopping production of a blood lancet device.
BEIJING (AP) - An American executive said he has been held hostage for four days at his medical supply plant in Beijing by scores of workers demanding severance packages like those given to 30 co-workers in a phased-out department.