After public prosecutors began legal action last Friday, the South Korean technology peddlers have gone on a defensive offensive, offering a catalogue of excuses for their questionable treatment of staff.
Despite the factory being open for some time, Samsung claim they have only just realised that Spanish is not the first language in Brazil, leading to a series of misunderstandings. They claim the factory is run by primarily Spanish speaking managers who had assumed the vacant look on employees faces was either a typical Manaus expression of acquiescence or severe depression caused by the monotonous nature of their work.
Questions around the quality of the technology produced in the Manaus free trade zone emerged some time ago when a British youth reported receiving phone calls on his television from his toaster and a former Yugoslavian minister claimed he received a text message from his washing machine admonishing his choice in smartphone pornography. Samsung managed to sidestep the earlier complaints claiming either the devices must have evolved a consciousness or North Korea had remotely hacked into their mainframe in order to sabotage their reputation, thusly strengthening anticipation for the upcoming NK smartphone which will offer a nuclear propaganda app, an egg timer and a revolving magic-eye display which will reveal Kim Jong Un in a series of seductive poses.
A spokesperson for Samsung said "We were wondering why the workers were so productive and hard working; we just presumed their strong work ethic was a result of their Amazonian heritage. I am no linguist, however there are obviously similarities between Spanish and Portuguese as the workers were producing way over their individual quotas, it is possible there are some numeric similarities in the languages causing workers to misunderstand targets. As for the long working days it seems the Spanish for go home is similar to the Portuguese for stay longer and work harder, we just thought they were diligent and eager to impress. I'm no chiropractor but I would wager the back problems would cease altogether if the workers simply stopped slouching."
Following the linguistic revelations, the International Olympics committee is hurriedly translating reams of Rio 2016 promotional literature, and Samsung have announced the development of a pilgrim friendly Vasco De Gama themed smartphone which will offer four times the radiation of a standard mobile phone.