Apple workers took pictures of female staff and other customers without them conceding to it. Rated the pictures out of 10 in a lewd rating game.
An Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia reportedly fired may of its employees for stealing photos from customers and taking pictures of customers and female staff. However, Apple denies the news of them taking pictures of customers without their consent. The company has no comments on the rating game. Employees took pictures of customers and female staff without their knowledge. Then shared them with employees at other Queensland stores. A report sums up Apple’s latest statement about the matter.
Customers were unaware that pictures are being stolen right out of their phones.
“In the biggest scandal to hit the technology giant in Australia. The Courier-Mail can reveal that more than 100 close-up and explicit photos were taken of female staff and customers without their knowledge and photographs were also lifted from some Apple customers’ phones.
The victims’ pictures were then shared with employees at other Queensland stores to receive a ranking out of 10.” The report says.
Apple claims that there is no evidence whatsoever to confirm customers were victims as well. Moreover, the company has reportedly brought in an HR executive. He is responsible for managing the fallout.
This is going on for a long time now. Earlier this month, a staff member had noticed a technician looking through a customer’s phone in the repair room. This happened at the Apple store in the Westfield mall in Carindale, Brisbane. However, no one noticed it until recently. As soon as the company got to know about the “disgusting” activities taking place in Australian stores, it took action. One of its statements says that the store is under scrutiny and investigation is going on side by side as well.
“Apple believes in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behavior that goes against our values. We are investigating a violation of Apple’s business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings.” the statement reads.
According to a report from The Courier Mail, four employees have been fired due to the misconduct. The company is still rigid on its claim that no pictures of customers were taken. We suppose this is because enough bad is happening already and saying anything more can be fuel to the flames. People were raging and Apple had to say something other than denying continuously. However, in the next statement, it points out the lack of evidence and says no more.
“Based on our investigation thus far, we have seen no evidence that customer data or photos were inappropriately transferred or that anyone was photographed by these former employees. We have met with our store team to let them know about the investigation and inform them about the steps Apple is taking to protect their privacy.” , the recent statement reads.
A number of hardware problems and customer complaints have made the company suffer entire 2016. And now, when iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales are improving a bit, more issues are showing up to ruin Apple’s reputation. We cannot deny they handled it quite professionally. Apple is yet to comment on the progress of the investigation and we hope for the best.