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QLD Apple Store Employees Have Been Caught Secretly Photographing Female Customers And Staff

They've also been taking photos from customers' phones without their permission.

Employees at one of Queensland’s biggest Apple stores have been fired over their involvement in a disgusting photo-sharing ring. Four male staff members at the Carindale Apple store in Brisbane were sacked after it came to light that they were lifting pictures from users’ phones and secretly photographing female customers and staff.

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According to The Courier Mail, more than 100 explicit and close-up photos were taken of women in the store without their knowledge or consent, while private images were also stolen from phones that had been taken in for repair. The photos were then shared among staff at other Queensland stores, who would rank the victims on their appearance.

“They’ve been taking pictures of [customers] in store, taking pics off their phones and taking pictures of female staff members,” an Apple employee told the paper. “One person would take a photo and add it to the chat and others would give the person or their butt or their boobs a rating out of 10 and they would add their own side commentary.”

“Everyone feels uncomfortable and the female staff don’t know how to feel because the leadership won’t tell staff who is involved.” The employee also expressed concerns that the practice was taking place at other stores.

The Courier Mail is reporting that Apple is yet to inform affected customers about the privacy breach. An Apple spokesperson confirmed that the company was “investigating a ­violation of Apple’s business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings.” The spokesperson did not say how long the ring had been operating, or how many people have been affected.

Feature image via Apple.com.