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Samsung's Battery Factory Caught on Fire Because of Course It Did

Image: Weibo
Image: Weibo

Just when you almost forgot about what a shitty time Samsung’s been having, a literal garbage fire broke out at the company’s battery supplier in Tianjin, China. The cause? Discarded faulty batteries.

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Reuters reports that it was just a “minor fire,” but we all know that this is a major “fuck you” for the company that lost a reported $5.3 billion in profits due to exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones. That extended nightmare, of course, was also caused by faulty batteries that were made by Samsung SDI, the aforementioned victim of the garbage fire. It’s so far unclear if the discarded faulty batteries were related to the Note 7 debacle. The local fire department reports that the “material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products.”

Let’s hope, for Samsung’s sake, that those half-finished products were not the long-awaited Galaxy S8 devices. Let’s also be thankful that there were no casualties reported from the garbage fire. Hasn’t Samsung suffered enough?

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[Reuters]

Senior editor at Gizmodo.

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I hate to be that guy, but I’m going to be that guy.

Dear GOP - *This* is why we need the EPA, OSHA, and all of those other agencies. This is why we need regulation, oversight, and enforcement.

Please don’t turn the US into China. Because gutting these agencies in order to maximize profitability? That’s how you get China.