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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RE: So let me get this straight
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 4th Sep 2011 15:04 UTC in reply to "So let me get this straight"
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I'm hoping one of these days the cops show up on your doorstep threatening your family, and then have people tell you it's okay for the police to do so.

Holy crap, you Apple cultists scare the living fcuk out of me. You people are sick.

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It's also true that if this incident involved a stolen hi-fi, or stolen handbag, nobody would blink an eye.

Maybe, just maybe, that's because the police wouldn't come to the rescue for ordinary citizens as they are doing for Apple. Just a guess though.

The only reason you splutter about this is because you are Apple phobic and this story pushes all your buttons. Grow up.

I sputter about this because it involves Apple? NO SHIT, SHERLOCK. Maybe that's because, you know, THIS IS A TECH WEBSITE?

You apparently have no issues with living in a state where the police will trample all over your constitutional rights just to protect a company which, may I remind you, has pretty much offshored hundreds of thousands of American jobs to the Far East. You find that okay, and as such, you are part of the reason why America is in such a dire state right now.

Luckily, most of the reactions to this issue on the web have been very negative and condemning of both the police and Apple, which at least means there are a lot of Americans out there who do have two braincells to rub together and realise that this is entirely unacceptable.

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