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 (via • follow)
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 (via • follow)
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.