Apple has fired four members of staff at a retail store in Australia, amid allegations they stole and shared intimate photos from female customers who’d turned in their iPhones for repair.
The four male staff at the Carindale outlet in Queensland were also accused of taking photos of staff and customers and rating body parts from 1-10.
The report in the Courier Mail said the ex-employees had over 100 photos in their collection at the time the complaint was made.
According to the report, the plot was exposed when one of the accused was caught browsing through a customer’s photo library in the store’s repair room.
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Apple says it is yet to find evidence the men stole or transferred photos from customer devices.
"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.
“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," a spokesperson said.
“Apple believes in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behaviour that goes against our values."
This isn’t the first scandal at an Australian Apple Store lately. Last November, employees in Melbourne kicked out a group of black teenagers harmlessly browsing the store causing the company and CEO Tim Cook great embarrassment.
Does this incident shake your trust in Apple’s Geniuses? We must admit to being a little reticent every time we hand our phone in for repair. This story isn’t going to help.
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