Even though Apple fired several Apple Store employees accused of stealing photos from female customers’ iPhones, the company says that there is no evidence that any such theft occurred.
The investigation was initiated after the Courier Mail reported earlier this week that employees of an Apple Store in Queensland, Australia had been fired upon the discovery that they were sharing photos of female customers and employees, according to CNET.
The retailer says that it was looking into reports of violations of its business conduct policy at the store “where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings.”
Still, the company says it found “no evidence that customer data or photos were inappropriately transferred or that anyone was photographed by these former employees.”
According to the Courier Mail, staff at the store reportedly took photos of female customers and employees, and allegedly stole photos from customer phones left at the location for repairs.
The issue was apparently first reported by another employee who discovered one of the alleged perpetrators scrolling through a customer’s phone.
The Courier Mail alleged that the photo pilfering was part of a sharing ring, with the subject of each shared photo being rated on appearance on a 1 to 10 scale.
If the employees did indeed take photos from the customers’ phones it would just be the latest in a long line of tech companies doing so.
Back in 2007, Consumerist’s three-month sting operation caught a Geek Squad technician — on video — stealing porn from our hard drive. That investigation was initiated after complaints by current and former Geek Squad techies, as compiled in the 10-page Geek Squad confession, “Stealing Customers’ Nudie Pics Was An Easter Egg Hunt.”
More recently, a Radio Shack employee was charged with allegedly stealing racy personal photos off a customer’s cellphone.
by Ashlee Kieler via Consumerist