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September 20, 2013

Here’s a clip of one of the victims of the scumbag iPhone scam artist, interviewed by KTLA’s Rich DeMuro. Extra lame.

22:20 // 10 months ago
July 25, 2013

She was told by Applecare that she could walk in the store and get the part. This Vine has a mesmerizing effect.

10:34 // 12 months ago
April 8, 2013
Doing it wrong: Just over a year after he started, Ron Johnson is out as J.C. Penney’s CEO. Johnson, who built his career on the conception of the Apple Store, tried a bold strategy of across-the-board price cuts to buoy the department store chain, only to see that strategy totally fail in the marketplace. Johnson will be replaced by Mike Ullman, the man Johnson replaced in 2011. (photo by Thomas Iannaccone/AP)

Doing it wrong: Just over a year after he started, Ron Johnson is out as J.C. Penney’s CEO. Johnson, who built his career on the conception of the Apple Store, tried a bold strategy of across-the-board price cuts to buoy the department store chain, only to see that strategy totally fail in the marketplace. Johnson will be replaced by Mike Ullman, the man Johnson replaced in 2011. (photo by Thomas Iannaccone/AP)

18:54 // 1 year ago
October 18, 2012
19:50 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2012

BMW X-5 to Apple Store: I’m a PC

Footage has emerged from the Temecula, California Apple Store, that was burglarized last week, showing a 2003 BMW X-5 smashing its way through the store’s front gates. One suspect in the burglary, 22-year-old driver Equonne R. Howard, has been arrested, and police remain on the lookout for his accomplice. If only somebody told them that a MacBook Pro loses about 100 percent of its market value after it’s been run over. source

15:21 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2012
I was earning $11.25 an hour. Part of me was thinking, ‘This is great. I’m an Apple fan, the store is doing really well.’ But when you look at the amount of money the company is making and then you look at your paycheck, it’s kind of tough.
Jordan Golson, Apple Store employee • DIscussing his wages earned relative to the thriving success of his company, in a New York Times article today that’s definitely worth a read. The balance of jobs Apple has brought to the American economy have been weighed heavily towards retail, the sort of job for which many employees make around $25,000 per year, despite working for one of the world’s most profitable tech titans. As the article points out, Apple’s hourly rate for retail workers is above average among many competitors, but the products Apple sells add up to a much bigger profit per employee – the average Apple Store worker is responsible for moving $473,000 worth of products per year, yet many earn (based on that $25,000 figure) below 20% of what those sales bring in. Conversely, CEO Tim Cook’s 10-year vested stock grants? Today’s share price would fix them at $570 million. Which is, obviously, mondo money. (h/t Gregory Bufithis) source (viafollow)
15:30 // 2 years ago
June 20, 2012
We never talked about him going back to Iran or anything like that. He was just speaking full-fledged Farsi and the representative came back and denied our sale. I would say if you’re trying to buy an iPhone, don’t tell them anything about Iran.
Atlanta resident Zack Jafarzadeh • Commenting on a recent trip to the Apple Store in Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall, when a friend wanted to purchase a new iPhone. Jafarzadeh’s story came to light after another Apple Store customer, University of Georgia student Sahar Sabet, contacted her local news station after being denied a new iPad for the same reason, citing State Department regulations and the fractured relations between the two countries. (She later got an apology after calling customer service.) Apple has not commented on the policy, or the story, at this time, though two Islamic-American groups have condemned the practice.  source (viafollow)
14:50 // 2 years ago
March 26, 2012
Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.
New York Attorney Derek T. Smith • Speaking on behalf of his 83-year-old client, Evelyn Paswall, who injured herself on the glass door in front of a Long Island Apple Store. Despite her vision being intact, she didn’t realize it was glass and broke her nose. Therefore Paswall is suing … for a million dollars. FWIW, Apple put warning signs in front of the store as word of the lawsuit broke.
1:07 // 2 years ago
August 27, 2011
Even the Apple Store: The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store, generally a giant cube of glass, looks a little less … glassy today. (EDIT: There was some pre-planned renovation going on, too, but clearly they knew ahead of time that glass and hurricane don’t mix.) Style points for the cover-up, guys. Most people would just cover it with boards; you made it look nice, just for Irene. (photo by Dan Nguyen via Flickr)
EDIT: Since the jokey prior edit didn’t make it clear enough for our readers, we are in fact aware that the white tarp went up before the hurricane, and was meant as part of their renovation process. But either way — it’s a giant glass building the path of a hurricane. They would’ve had to do something with it.

Even the Apple Store: The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store, generally a giant cube of glass, looks a little less … glassy today. (EDIT: There was some pre-planned renovation going on, too, but clearly they knew ahead of time that glass and hurricane don’t mix.) Style points for the cover-up, guys. Most people would just cover it with boards; you made it look nice, just for Irene. (photo by Dan Nguyen via Flickr)

EDIT: Since the jokey prior edit didn’t make it clear enough for our readers, we are in fact aware that the white tarp went up before the hurricane, and was meant as part of their renovation process. But either way — it’s a giant glass building the path of a hurricane. They would’ve had to do something with it.

19:36 // 2 years ago
June 13, 2011

Apple Store worker really wants unions for some reason

  • what Cory Moll, a part-time Apple Store employee in San Francisco, has come forward with his plan to push for unions for the company’s 30,000 retail employees at 325 retail stores worldwide. Moll started a Web site for his campaign, which, from our vantage point, is currently down (we linked a cached version).
  • why Moll says that the big problems on his end are wages and benefits. He says he makes $14 an hour in a city where the minimum wage is nearly $10 an hour. “Right now what I hope to gain is to get people to start talking about it and get comfortable with it,” he says. Do you guys think he’ll win? source

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11:21 // 3 years ago