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John Browett, Apple's senior vice president of retail
The tech giant only recently bumped up employee wages and started offering hardware discounts

Apple is reportedly laying off retail employees around the world -- including some that were only hired about a month ago.
MacRumors said that many Apple retail employees -- mainly part-time workers in the United Kingdom -- are being laid off after only being recently hired. There have been cuts in the United States and Canada as well.
According to MacRumors, a few different reports pointed out that part-time employees in the UK have been laid off after only working for Apple retail stores anywhere from one month to six months. Some have only just completed their training programs. 
In the United States and Canada, employees have had their hours cut back significantly (some to zero). One report indicated that an Apple retail store cut "several hundred hours," leaving only full-time employees on the schedule while the part-time employees were left on stand-by. 
So what's going on? There are a couple of different rumors as to why this is occurring. One is that Apple is preparing for the launch of its next-generation iPhone next month as well as the holiday season immediately after. Usually, around product launches and the holidays, hours in Apple retail stores tend to fluctuate a bit. The part-timers may be able to pick up a few more hours around these busier times.
Another rumor is that John Browett, senior vice president of Apple Retail, is behind the whole thing. Those commenting in Apple forums have mentioned Browett's past in regards to his days as CEO at Dixons Retail, where he supposedly flunked as a competent leader. Some commenters called Dixons the worst retailer in the entire UK under Browett's leadership. 
"This is the work of John Browett," said one commenter named Sheza. "Classic. He screwed over Dixons, PC World and Curry's, and he will slowly ruin the Apple Retail Store experience too. I guarantee it."
It's unclear what the reason is behind the lay offs, but the recent move contradicts earlier actions set to improve retail employees' working environment. Back in June, Apple boosted employee morale by announcing that it would increase retail store wages by as much as 25 percent in July. It also offered retail employees hardware discounts, where workers can receive price cuts off of certain Apple gadgets like the iPad and certain MacBooks. 
The internal review, which led to the increased wages, was led by Browett himself. He found that wage levels were the chief complaint of most Apple employees. 

Source: MacRumors

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RE: Inefficient sales system
By Reclaimer77 on 8/14/2012 7:23:37 PM , Rating: 1
Cord the United States is spending nearly a trillion dollars annually on entitlements, food stamps, and other low-income programs and health care assistance. If your argument was sound, we would be at the top of that list by far. Poverty wouldn't exist on any level. We're spending more on social programs than the GDP of most European nations!!

Your presumption that I'm against Socialism because I want "people to die" is not only idiotic and insulting, but completely off base. I want people to have the best lives possible, and I know the Government cannot provide that for us!

Just answer this basic question: Which do you prefer, millionaires paying more taxes or the poor/sick and the elderly being left to die?

Is this a fucking joke? Hmm let me think, do I want people to die or millionaires paying more taxes....that's a tough one! Wtf?

Seriously if you asked me this in person, and debated with me in this idiotic tone, you would be punched in the face. This is why people cannot stand debating things with you Liberal morons. The argument is NOT about taxes versus people dying! That's such a stupid Liberal straw man argument that nobody with two brain cells to rub together could possibly believe it.

RE: Inefficient sales system
By corduroygt on 8/14/2012 7:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
I want people to have the best lives possible, and I know the Government cannot provide that for us!

So, who will provide the social safety nets if not the government in your brilliant plan? The rich will just give up enough of their money because they'll feel bad for those poor sick people? History has shown this to be not the case, see the French Revolution of 1789.

Easiest fix would be to enforce a mandatory IQ of 100 for any public position in any government and outlaw lobbying, not getting rid of the government!

RE: Inefficient sales system
By corduroygt on 8/14/2012 7:51:21 PM , Rating: 1
Is this a fucking joke? Hmm let me think, do I want people to die or millionaires paying more taxes....that's a tough one! Wtf?

Your party's VP candidate will chose the latter, as his budget proposal shows. End of story.

By StevoLincolnite on 8/14/2012 10:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
I want people to have the best lives possible, and I know the Government cannot provide that for us!

Actually a government can, look at Norway or Australia, Netherlands, New-Zealand etc' even with universal healthcare and such. They rank incredibly highly in most standards of living (Much higher than the USA.)
The people even retain greater levels of freedom than the Americans in allot of aspects too.

Most of that can be attributed to good reforms and a government that is not large and bloated that is also not paid by large companies to pass legistlation that don't benefit the people.

Take a look at the financial crisis for instance, the USA spent trillions bailing out companies and banks instead of letting capatalism do it's thing.
Australia on the other hand let companies fail and spent money on national infrustructure projects that created jobs like the national broadband network, insulation for homes to reduce the reliance on heaters and air conditioning, improving schools, fixing up roads which helped the country not go into recession at all, rebates on solar power and tax breaks.
This is the kind of thing that can benefit everyone.

On the flipside they understood families were doing it tough so they made incentives for people to improve their education by providing one-off payments and also assisted those who were already on government welfare to look for work.

So a government can do if it's interests are aligned with the peoples, the American government seems to be interested in it's companies.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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