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Apple Store Employees Were Fired for Sharing Photos of Female Customers and Rating Their Appearances

Men were fired from an Apple store for a photo-sharing ring. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Four male employees at an Apple store in Queensland, Australia, were fired for secretly taking photos of female customers and even some of their female co-workers, and rating them by appearance.

In the so-called “rating” ring, one of the men would take a photo and add it to a group chat. The other men would then give “the person or their butt or their boobs” a rating from one to ten, along with what I’m sure was some very enlightening commentary, according to a report by the Courier-Mail, as per the Daily Dot. A human-resources representative for Apple said in a statement:

“Based on our investigation thus far, we have seen no evidence that customer data or photos were inappropriately transferred or that anyone was photographed by these former employees. We have met with our store team to let them know about the investigation and inform them about the steps Apple is taking to protect their privacy. Apple believes in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behavior that goes against our values.”

So in other words, the men in question didn’t steal customer photos from their iPhones — they just objectified customers behind their backs.

Apple Store Workers Axed for Rating Pics of Customers