Report: Aussie Apple Staff Fired Over Customer 'Photo Ring'

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Apple this week said it has no evidence of a "photo-sharing ring" in which employees at a Brisbane store snapped photos of customers without permission and stole images from their phones.

Still, as the The Courier-Mail first reported, four male employees were fired.

"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," a store employee told the newspaper, expressing concern that the "disgusting" practice is occurring in other Aussie locations.

There are also reports of workers lifting photos from clients' iPhones.

The issue was initially flagged at the Carindale, Queensland store, the Courier-Mail said, after a staff member noticed a technician browsing a customer's handset in the repair room.

Apple declined to comment directly, instead pointing PCMag to an article on news.com.au, in which the company confirmed the Carindale store is under investigation, and staff have been fired.

"Apple believe in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behavior that goes against our values," a statement said. "We are 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.

"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," Cupertino continued. "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."

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