17 August 2014

Did Apple Store Employee Really Printed F@G in a Receipt?

Apple Retail Store
A gay client just claimed that an Apple Store in Portland Oregon has not been too kind to him when one of its employees allegedly entered the man’s email address as “f@g.com” on his receipt.

"I got called a f@g by an Apple employee here in Portland," Adam Catanzarite wrote in a post on his Facebook page. He says he spoke to the store manager about the incident, but the manager failed to rectify the situation.

"Being queer and having worked with queer youth, I know first-hand that this is an example of the type of homophobic beliefs and actions that lead young people to harm themselves," Catanzarite said in his post. "This type of action is NOT OKAY, especially from a company that prides itself on being LGBT inclusive and welcoming."

So what is wrong with this claim? Actually many and it is not surprising that netizens are threading lightly on this story because it has full of holes.

Firstly, everyone knows that Apple retail stores are perhaps the most respected retail establishments in the world, racking up more revenue per square foot than any other large retail chain on the planet. If you have this reputation, competitors would most like attack you in all front just to claim that you did something wrong even if those claim cannot be substantiated adequately.

Secondly, Catanzarite’s receipt is not enough proof to claim that it was an Apple employee who printed the unwanted label. One could argue that Catanzarite could have easily done that himself just to fulfill a commitment to Apple’s rival company and gain attention as well.

Lastly, as a very successful and profitable company, several scammers will try to do their best to arrange a settlement with Apple in exchange for some form of compensation. Claims could range from untruthful product endorsement, workplace safety violations, intimidation and even unsubstantiated discrimination.

In any case, if Catanzarite is really proud of being gay, then there is no reason for him to be offended for being called something like what the receipt says. He should even brag about it that somebody recognized him and his attempt to gain recognition was successful.