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Medical Supplies Executive Held Hostage by Chinese Workers

Courtesy of Cecily Starnes
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

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 South Florida Sun-Sentinel 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. 

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