This segment is meant to show to the audience that Mike Daisey’s method of interviews of collecting data was most likely not statistically sound. As he only speaks to people who approach him, they are probably the more outspoken or disgruntled type.
This scene occurs when Mike Daisey is speaking to the young girl outside of the factory. It is a dialogue between her friends who are standing behind her but do not speak in the original version of the monologue.
“Why is Mei speaking with that fat man? She shouldn’t be so trusting of a man dressed like that. Where do you think he’s from?”
“I don’t know, I’ve never seen clothing like that before. Can you imagine having enough to eat to look like that? I wish I could fatten up my brothers with my salary.”
“Not like that! Can you hear what Mei is saying? She’s already gotten in trouble at work for tardiness and for complaining excessively during work. If this gets back to Foxconn, she’ll probably be fired. Mei certainly can’t afford that, as her parents don’t have much. She’s young and has yet to learn that this is the better of the factory jobs. If she’s just complaining because she was reprimanded today, who knows what will happen…”