Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 21:47 UTC
Apple So, I kind of mocked this story yesterday, but today an interesting twist has emerged which puts the story in an entirely different light. This week, CNet reported a story about how Apple is working with the San Francisco Police Department to retrieve a lost iPhone 5 prototype. The police and Apple apparently traced the phone to someone's house, and showed up on his doorstep, threatening him and his family. The only problem - the SFPD has no record of any house search or of the case in general - raising the question whether Apple employees falsely impersonated the SFPD, which happens to be a serious crime in California. Update: While I was busy sleeping, the story changed a little bit, but it's still far too shady. After conferring with Apple, the SFPD now states four police officers were involved, and that only the two Apple employees entered Calderon's house. However, Calderon had no idea these two were private non-police people, since he claims they did not identify themselves as Apple employees. Had he known, he would not have let them search his house. So, update or no, Apple employees still impersonated police officers, and issued threats to intimidate Calderon into letting them search his house - without a warrant. I don't understand how people can just accept this sort of behaviour. Don't you have rights in the US? Update II: Perfect summary.
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Apple is above the law.
by fossil on Sat 3rd Sep 2011 21:12 UTC
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The law in this country has been set up to keep the weak and the poor ... weak and poor. God knows corporations and the rich have spent enough money on "campaign contributions" (formerly known as bribes) to make it so.

If there is an investigation, it will be a whitewash of Apple and the SF police. No matter the outcome, it won't hurt Apple, they can throw their employees to the dogs and replace them in hours.

"What goes around comes around." Which is true, I know from my own life. Hurts like hell, too. As many have pointed out, the best way to make it come around is to not buy Apple products or patronize Apple services and encourage others to follow that lead. That's about the only effective way to make Apple pay.

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