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: Anyone who thinks those employees got a bad deal are nuts...
8/24/2006 12:31:14 PM
Thanks for your opinion, after all that is the part that makes forums "great" (yes its a relative term..lol) -- we all get to speak our minds. My opinion though is wholly in disagreement with yours and everyone's who has the same mindset.
Like I mentioned already -- your opinion is the carebear approach. For some offenses yes you give alternative discipline -- but not for stealing company property and voiding a contract you made with the employer. Again for everyone to understand "NOT for STEALING *company* PROPERTY *AND* VOIDING the CONTRACT between you and your EMPLOYER"...I have to assume for the folks that don't grasp this that you are very young and/or have little to no real life exposure to the business world yet -- and certainly no HONEST understanding of things like contract law. And sorry guys, quoting defintions from simple dictionaries or from google searches offers little to no value at all in real legal standings to a case like this if it was brought before a court. To assume this, or your pre-stated care bear approach as several of you outlined here in various posts only shows that you are naive and/or ignorant to the real business world or perhaps you just aren't old enough to have the work/business experience yet to comprehend such things.
I'm not saying such things is your fault...just proposing reasons why you may not fully understand.
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