This is just what Apple needs right now. The stock gets hammered, profits are flat and the magic is fading. Now an anonymous blogger raises eyebrows in Germany with reports about what is going on in German Apple retail stores.
A blog named simply "About Apple" is making waves in Germany right now. The person was or is working at a German Apple Store and posts reports about systematic spying on employees, employee exploitation and other questionable practices that Apple retail stores are supposedly implementing.
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The reports are very well written and paint a dark picture of a very uncomfortable work environment for Apple retail employees. The reports are written in a way that makes them very believable.
Here is a little snippet (auto-translated from German):
"With horror, I always remember back to the many people who I have seen crying or broken down on the ground. They were left sitting just where they were. The pressure became too great, the pressure of work as the pressure of the management, they could not. They had the alleged failure, which had been made to believe them again and again, taken too much to heart.
They had done their best - and it was never good enough. They were humiliated, usually very slowly, very gently, from conversation to conversation with one or the other manager. Was something good there always heard very briefly, but the problem was emphasized that it was in fact that the odds of mandatory additional products approved still do not know that the sum of sales was disappointing that other people on several occasions one had complained, to describe this without ever closer."