The footage, which has recently been circulating on Chinese media, shows two unwitting factory workers in Shenzhen, south China, being fired on the spot by their billionaire boss, Terry Gou, after they swore at him.
Mr Gou, a Taiwanese electronics mogul, owns the world’s largest contract manufacturer Foxconn – where the incident took place. The tycoon had asked the pair to stop smoking outside the canteen when they retaliated, not knowing who he was.
Terry Gou was inspecting his Foxconn Long Hua factory in Shenzhen and had just finished lunch at the canteen.
He spotted two members of staff smoking just outside of the canteen in a no smoking area.
When Mr Gou, who is worth approximately $5.9 billion, intervened and told them to stop smoking.
Unexpectedly, the workers responded: ‘Who are you? It’s none of your f****** business.’
Angered by this, Mr Gou proceeded to dismiss the pair on the spot.
In the seven second video, he was heard saying: ‘If he doesn’t fix you, I will fix you. Foxconn doesn’t need staff like you.’
Clearly enraged, Mr Gou gesticulated as he made the remarks.
Since the incident came to light, the company’s various manufacturing plants in China have stepped up their enforcement of smoking bans.
The employees were also said to have been told to familiarise themselves with their superiors.
Terry Gou is the founder of Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision.
It’s the largest electronics contract manufacturer in the world and produces parts for Apple, Sony and Nokia.
Foxconn’s largest manufacturing base is at Shenzhen’s Long Hua plant.