Apple Employees FIRED

What would you do?

Ars Technica is reporting that approximately 800 Apple Employees were fired for trying to collect their $100 iPhone credit on the iPhones that they received as GIFTS from the company.

Apple might be a little upset with some of its retail employees who scored free iPhones this summer. For those who didn’t hear, Apple promised a free iPhone to every fulltime employee and all part-timers who have been with the company for over a year—including retail associates and Geniuses. The company made good on its claim, and we never heard much of a complaint about the program.

Unfortunately, we have now heard through two independent sources that a few of these lucky retail employees let their greed get the best of them. We’ve been told that as many as 800 Apple Store retail associates who received free iPhones have also cashed in on the $100 iPhone credit that Apple issued for early buyers. Apple understandably wasn’t too happy about shelling out an extra ~$80,000 to employees who already scored free iPhones, so pink iSlips have apparently been issued to the bunch.

What would you do? If you company gave you a gift, and then the vendor offered a credit, would you collect?? I think I would have left it alone and been on my merry way. Interestingly enough, maybe being an Apple employee isn’t the utopia that some believe since they are trying to stick it back to their corporate man and all.

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