Apple Fires Retail Employees for Downloading Leopard
Anh Tuan Huynh
August 22, 2006 7:34 PM
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Pirate our software, lose your job
reports Apple retail store employees have been axed for illegally acquiring developer builds of Apple’s unreleased Mac OS X
Mac OS X
was given out to developers at Apple’s WWDC
event earlier this month and leaked out to the public.
previously reported on leaked screen shots of Mac OS X Leopard earlier today too
. The Apple retail store employers obtained a leaked copy and were overhead discussing the matter with other employees. The discussion was overheard and Apple corporate investigated the matter after word had reached Apple’s office in Cupertino, CA.
The employees were immediately fired after admitting to obtaining the illegal software. Obtaining illegal copies of Apple software is a clear violation of Apple’s terms of service, or TOS, for retail store employees. Furthermore, the Apple employees had also signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) about upcoming software, which resulted in a second infraction.
The dismissed employees, when questioned, responded with "All of us know that we violated our NDA and ethics policy. Therefore, because we had the character to tell the truth and to face the consequences of our actions, we were terminated," said one of the fired employees, who spoke with
on condition of anonymity. "My only question is, if we all lied and denied it would we still be working at Apple today? Even more so, is that the kind of person that Apple wants working for them?"
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RE: Perfectly Fair IMO
8/23/2006 6:32:37 AM
Exactly what I'm thinking. If the employees broke the terms of their employment contract then, just as with anywhere else, that's a disciplinary offence that can lead to termination. Apple can be viewed as being harsh but within their rights. Given this I also don't see this as being much of a news story, although reading people's varying definitions of theft and property was entertaining for a few moments.
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