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Ars Technica reports that they have heard from two independent sources that Apple has handed pink slips to employees who decided it was a good idea to try and cash in their $100 iPhone credit. Now remember all full time employees, and part-time employees that had been working for Apple more than a year received 8 gb iPhones – FOR FREE.
It seems, however, that 800 or so of these employees just couldn’t help themselves, and decided to cash in their $100 iPhone credit as well, resulting in an $80,000 loss for Apple.
Personally, I can understand Apple’s POV. That’s essentially 800 employees who stole from the company after being given a new Apple product with a retail value of AT LEAST $399. Some might argue that Apple should have been clear that the refund didn’t apply to employees who received iPhones…but you know, the employees should have been able to grasp that one themselves.
Obviously, you’re not owed a $100 credit for something you didn’t pay for in the first place. Apple has recently gone through a hiring phase on the retail level, and it’s possible that a number of those 800 Apple retail employees may not have been contacted just yet.
BUT – if you work for Apple, and you decided to cash in this $100 credit – I’d go ahead and polish up the resume, because you’re probably going to be looking for a new job soon.