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Best Buy does not fire employee behind iPhone 4, EVO 4G spoof ads

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Jul 2010 1:35 User comments (35)

Best Buy does not fire employee behind iPhone 4, EVO 4G spoof ads Last week, Best Buy employee Brian Maupin was suspended for posting viral videos spoofing iPhone 4 and HTC EVO 4G zealots.
The iPhone video is so popular it has topped 3.4 million views.

Best Buy suspended Maupin while they investigated the situation, although neither video directly names or even implies the retail giant. Maupin went as far as to say that he expected to be fired completely this week.

Today, Best Buy has concluded their investigation, and Maupin is free to head back to work in the morning.

Says the company: "We have completed our investigation into the videos created and posted by Brian Maupin, the aspiring film-maker and Best Buy employee. This is an important situation for us because it involved balancing our social media guidelines with a commitment to creating a supportive environment for our employees. It's important to note that our investigation involved three videos that were posted in late June because they were openly disparaging of our employees, our customers and our vendor partners. Our investigation is over, and these videos are no longer on the web. Contrary to rumors, Brian has not been fired, and is scheduled to return to his job at Best Buy this Friday."



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35 user comments

18.7.2010 8:08

Good for them; this is clearly a free speech issue; they would have gotten slaughtered in court.

28.7.2010 8:29

I'd be suprised if he stays there long. With the publicity they didn't have a lot of choice but I doubt he is going to find things back to normal when he returns either...

38.7.2010 10:40

Quote: "these videos are no longer on the web"

HAHA really.. is anything ever no longer on the web.

Best Buy = FAIL

48.7.2010 12:26

Quote:
It's important to note that our investigation involved three videos that were posted in late June because they were openly disparaging of our employees, our customers and our vendor partners. Our investigation is over, and these videos are no longer on the web

This statement has alot of problems.
Openly disparaging of our employees customers and vendor partners??? are you serious???
Your store sucks, your employees are ... well, the employees are usually ok, and your vendor partners sometimes REALLY suck... (like Iphone.. Why The Hell do you have two complete isles of CRAP for the ICRAP and still don't have the Car Dock that I want for my Evo?)
So, Best Buy... Gonna remove those comments from "the web"???
What a MORON

58.7.2010 14:56

My understanding was that it wasn't these 2 videos that got him suspended it was other videos (which he now took down) that talked about best buy in them. So my question is does anyone have a link to those videos?

68.7.2010 15:09

id say they were taking down aswell if there is any!


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78.7.2010 15:47

Good for the guy, it be totally retarded if the guy got fired for something like this. I think the video is awesome, I personally like the EVO better because I got one now and had Iphone 3g before. I think he should make a video talking about the Iphone 4g's crappy antenna. Either way, his life probably won't be the same working @ Best Buy.

88.7.2010 20:23
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Quick someone give him a cool job at apple hahahahaha

he needs it

98.7.2010 23:02

Originally posted by ThePastor:
your employees are ... well, the employees are usually ok
You must have never been to any of the bestbuy stores I have gone to. Their employees tend to be clueless morons. The fact that this guy could type probably put him in the top 1% of the people who are dumb enough to qualify for a job there.

I'm surprised they didn't fire him long ago for knowing about the products he sells; that is against store policy.

109.7.2010 0:50

Originally posted by KillerBug:

I'm surprised they didn't fire him long ago for knowing about the products he sells; that is against store policy.
lmao so true, my g/f's sisters b/f works at one and thinks that a Divx Player is useless cause blu-ray is better. i looked at him and didnt even respond, i just assumed it was better to leave him alone and check my tongue. its hard to not slap people who just dont know wtf they are talking about, and yet act as they do with such confidence. but it is a part-time no benefits besides a store discount kind of job, if they were all tech heads they'd be a really expensive store and no one would shop there to pay wages. so if you go to best buy without researching what you are going to buy first and what exactly you need and dont need its your own fault for listening to someone else just as uninformed as you.
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119.7.2010 1:22

It IS NOT A F*#$ING FREE SPEECH issue. That's ONLY when THE GOVERNMENT tries to limit your communication. Unless, maybe, you're a conspiracy theory nutjob who thinks BEST BUY runs the government.

129.7.2010 1:34

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
It IS NOT A F*#$ING FREE SPEECH issue. That's ONLY when THE GOVERNMENT tries to limit your communication. Unless, maybe, you're a conspiracy theory nutjob who thinks BEST BUY runs the government.
You're an idiot.

139.7.2010 4:18

Originally posted by hikaricor:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
It IS NOT A F*#$ING FREE SPEECH issue. That's ONLY when THE GOVERNMENT tries to limit your communication. Unless, maybe, you're a conspiracy theory nutjob who thinks BEST BUY runs the government.
You're an idiot.

agreed

149.7.2010 5:55

Originally posted by KillerBug:


You must have never been to any of the bestbuy stores I have gone to. Their employees tend to be clueless morons.
Well, the key is to find that one guy that knows his stuff. At my local store if I can't find the big chubby guy with the pony tail, I return another day during the week. He has never let me down. He gives good advice.

159.7.2010 8:40

Does Best Buy think it's China?

The sad part is that that Maupin has to work at Best Buy to make a living?

Is it that hard to get a job in this economy or is he just a home boy?

169.7.2010 13:38

Quote:
I'm surprised they didn't fire him long ago for knowing about the products he sells; that is against store policy.
LOL one of my friends got hired to Geek Squad. Then he tried to use that to say he knew more about computers than me. I then slapped him repeatedly in the face and made several vulgar jokes about what I do to his mom at night. A few days later I had to walk him through a Windows install and finding drivers, then a few days after that I had to replace his motherboard, RAM and CPU because he was trying to OC without any research at all and just cranked every setting to the maximum the board would allow.

Wish I could say I was joking but every word I just typed was true. Not even kidding :/

Well, except for the mom jokes but damn right I slapped him. Repeatedly.

Seriously though, this is a freedom of speech issue. He should be able to make any point he wants. I mean seriously, did Best Buy really suspend a worker and put money into an investigation over an amateur Youtube video? WTF?

179.7.2010 14:19

Yeah, I agree, this is a Free Speech issue.
If they discovered he had made this video on company time with company computers then that's one thing. But that's not being alleged.
What I see is a guy saying some crap about an Iphone while being an employee at Best Buy. Best Buy has no say in this matter and he can criticize any and everything he so desires... INCLUDING BEST BUY!

Best Buy has no business dealing with this matter other than to protect their "good name"... There is no slander going on here so BB needs to just shut their hole and realize that had they actually fired this guy they would be the ones in serious trouble.

189.7.2010 15:56

Originally posted by Estuansis:
Quote:
I'm surprised they didn't fire him long ago for knowing about the products he sells; that is against store policy.
...then a few days after that I had to replace his motherboard, RAM and CPU because he was trying to OC without any research at all and just cranked every setting to the maximum the board would allow.

Wtf, doesn't he even know enough to google the subject(s) first? ROFL. Putting a poot together is 101! Crikey, it's even in the mobo manual!

But seriously these guys never know anything in most ANY store. I was in one the other day with a salesguy pronouncing to a mate that "HDMI provided the highest resolution available..."

When I informed him differently he's not, "thanks for telling me about that".. he's like, "f*** off you that's not important etc." lol.

199.7.2010 22:41

My last job a got laid off from had a yellow Caution Sign in the Clock room that said Check your Baggage at the door. i thought it was humorous in a way.


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209.7.2010 22:53

Originally posted by DXR88:
My last job a got laid off from had a yellow Caution Sign in the Clock room that said Check your Baggage at the door. i thought it was humorous in a way.
heh

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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219.7.2010 22:56

Originally posted by Jemborg:
Originally posted by Estuansis:
Quote:
I'm surprised they didn't fire him long ago for knowing about the products he sells; that is against store policy.
...then a few days after that I had to replace his motherboard, RAM and CPU because he was trying to OC without any research at all and just cranked every setting to the maximum the board would allow.

Wtf, doesn't he even know enough to google the subject(s) first? ROFL. Putting a poot together is 101! Crikey, it's even in the mobo manual!

But seriously these guys never know anything in most ANY store. I was in one the other day with a salesguy pronouncing to a mate that "HDMI provided the highest resolution available..."

When I informed him differently he's not, "thanks for telling me about that".. he's like, "f*** off you that's not important etc." lol.

it depends on the device, what resolution you get. though if I'm not mistaken DVI has the highest bandwidth available for consumer grade equipment

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229.7.2010 22:57

Quote:
Wtf, doesn't he even know enough to google the subject(s) first? ROFL. Putting a poot together is 101! Crikey, it's even in the mobo manual!
Sadly, no he doesn't know enough to Google. He claims to be a genius computer wizz but he also thinks changing out your CPU is ultra advanced stuff and is nervous to do it...



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2310.7.2010 0:02

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Good for them; this is clearly a free speech issue; they would have gotten slaughtered in court.
YUP

2410.7.2010 0:03

Originally posted by hikaricor:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
It IS NOT A F*#$ING FREE SPEECH issue. That's ONLY when THE GOVERNMENT tries to limit your communication. Unless, maybe, you're a conspiracy theory nutjob who thinks BEST BUY runs the government.
You're an idiot.

YUP

2510.7.2010 0:31

Originally posted by Estuansis:
Quote:
Wtf, doesn't he even know enough to google the subject(s) first? ROFL. Putting a poot together is 101! Crikey, it's even in the mobo manual!
Sadly, no he doesn't know enough to Google. He claims to be a genius computer wizz but he also thinks changing out your CPU is ultra advanced stuff and is nervous to do it...
LOL...that is the geeksquad I know. It seems like their goal is to make computer repair so expensive and problematic that you are better off just buying a new system. Oh, and just in case they do fix it, they will try to sell you on Norton antivirus in order to make sure you come back real soon.

2610.7.2010 2:41

The thing about Best Buy.....
It rarely is!

2710.7.2010 3:47

Originally posted by bstringer:
The thing about Best Buy.....
It rarely is!
Sometimes they have a special promotion on a new PS3 or 360 game, so that one game is cheaper than amazon...but that is a rare occasion.

2810.7.2010 7:25

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by Estuansis:
Quote:
Wtf, doesn't he even know enough to google the subject(s) first? ROFL. Putting a poot together is 101! Crikey, it's even in the mobo manual!
Sadly, no he doesn't know enough to Google. He claims to be a genius computer wizz but he also thinks changing out your CPU is ultra advanced stuff and is nervous to do it...
LOL...that is the geeksquad I know. It seems like their goal is to make computer repair so expensive and problematic that you are better off just buying a new system. Oh, and just in case they do fix it, they will try to sell you on Norton antivirus in order to make sure you come back real soon.
Hoho... I guess that makes me an uber ultra advanced pooter genius... not likely. :)

Seriously, I seem to be meeting a number of geezers with wildly over-inflated opinions of their mental capacity. I mean, there's nothing wrong to admitting you don't know something... how else are you meant to learn?

NORTON!!!... eeewuuarrrh! And people actually pay for it!

Hey, how about that Kapersky update that deleted major system files in win7? ~ laugh.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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2910.7.2010 9:23

Originally posted by chanulus:
Originally posted by hikaricor:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
It IS NOT A F*#$ING FREE SPEECH issue. That's ONLY when THE GOVERNMENT tries to limit your communication. Unless, maybe, you're a conspiracy theory nutjob who thinks BEST BUY runs the government.
You're an idiot.

agreed
Again, ignorance seems to reign supreme! Oh well, hardly unexpected!

3010.7.2010 17:17

@xnonsuchx

So what is the reason that they offered him his job back? Is it niceness?


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3110.7.2010 20:03

Originally posted by Jemborg:
@xnonsuchx

So what is the reason that they offered him his job back? Is it niceness?
Could be...only THEY know for sure why, unlike everyone else who thinks their preferred speculation = the truth.

3211.7.2010 12:11

Originally posted by dEwMe:
I'd be suprised if he stays there long. With the publicity they didn't have a lot of choice but I doubt he is going to find things back to normal when he returns either...

Yea, I agree with you. If this investigation did NOT have the publicity, they would've fired his ass for sure, or at least find an excuse to fire him later on, which I wouldn't be surprised if they aren't doing that now.


3311.7.2010 12:13

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by bstringer:
The thing about Best Buy.....
It rarely is!
Sometimes they have a special promotion on a new PS3 or 360 game, so that one game is cheaper than amazon...but that is a rare occasion.
Yeah, occasionally is the key word. Their price are still absurdly high for most products they have there.


3411.7.2010 13:51

The videos were hilarious! And you know this dude would have been toast is Best Buy wasn't afraid of a few million shoppers being pissed and buying their phones at Radio Shack instead ROFL

3521.12.2010 1:49

In my experience, "Best Buy" rarely is!

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