“It was locker room talk.”
It’s a phrase that has made the rounds in the past week and it refers to something that big athletes have admitted would not actually pass as discussion in the showers. But it’s in this context that we’ve found ourselves at a Australian Apple Store, not a locker room, talking about more than just talk.
Four male staffers at the Cardindale, Queensland, branch have been fired over an alleged scheme of shooting or stealing photos of female customers and employees. According to The Courier-Mail, over 100 close-ups were picked up and shared among employees in group chats to be ranked for attractiveness.
“One person would take a photo and add it to the chat,” said one unnamed employee, “and others would given the person or heir butt or their boobs a rating out of 10 and they would add their own side commentary.”
The source said that female staff members worked in a tense environment and feared that higher-ups would not pass the issue along or protect the accused from discipline. Senior level staff at Apple have not answered any questions from its front line and have not disclosed the firings publicly, but did assign an overseas human resources manager to the store in their wake.
“We are investigating a violation of Apple’s business conduct policy at our store in Cardindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings,” Apple has stated.
Infinite Loop goes on to claim no evidence of leakage of these photos to the internet as of yet, assured to its store staff that the investigation is in progress and that it will protect their privacy.
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is also working on the matter.