Transcript for Businessman Held Captive in Factory Freed
developments in the story of the american business owner held captive by his employs in a factory in china. We learned he was allowed to leave his office today after reaching an agreement with his unhappy chinese employees. Abc's gloria riviera has the story. Reporter: Chip starnes is a free man. It's over. Is it all over? Is everybody happy now? According to the associated press, starnes texted, yes. Out and back at the hotel. Showered. Nine pounds lost during the ordeal. This was the scene of the intense standoff between american factory owner chip starnes and his own chinese employees, the fight over compensation, with starnes describing a harrowing few days inside these gates, unable to leave. Able to call his family, but not to get home. Same clothes. No medication. Can't walk anywhere. If I walked anywhere, I'm surrounded by 15, 20 people. Reporter: His company, florida-based specialty medical supplies, was laying off about 30 workers in the plastics department. Offering what the company says is a good compensation package. But more than 100 workers afraid the whole company was shutting down was demanding the same. And overnight, a deal, reached to pay the workers who demanded severance . And starnes was permitted to leave the vac factory. He thinks there could be a way to work together again with the same employees, even willing to offer some of those employees involved in the standoff a new contract. It looks like chip starnes is ready to get back to work.
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