Immediate NOT SAFE FOR WORK warning on this video. It uses a lot of strong language, so you have been warned.
The video attached to this post has been making the rounds for the past week or so on the Internet, and has become a viral hit. It plays out as a frustrated clerk trying to figure out why people want the iPhone 4 so badly when there are other alternatives out there. Having been a counter jockey in my life, the wants of the customers is a total mystery to most, this clerk just took it a step further.
That being said, people watched this video, they laughed, they moved on with their lives and probably wouldn’t have given it a thought down the road, but than a corporation had to get all uptight about it.
Although there is nothing in this video that identifies where this frustrated clerk works, somehow the big wigs at Best Buy put together that it was Brian Maupin, a 25-year-old who works at one of the chain’s Kansas City, MO stores. According to TechCrunch, the company felt the video put a product it carries in a bad light, and they weren’t going to have that. Some rumors say that the store tried to convince Mr. Maupin to quit, but he refused. What all sources, however, do agree upon is that he is currently suspended and that the company is looking into how to best fire him.
What kills me about this whole thing is that at no time is Best Buy mentioned in any way in this video, yet the company felt it would reflect badly on them. Okay, bit of a stretch, but whatever. You also then have to ask yourself whatever happened to free speech. This video was made on Mr. Maupin’s time, expresses his personal viewpoints and he is being fired over it. I’m not normally one for lawsuits, but this is a case I might be able to get behind.
Corporations can be amazingly silly about things like this, but even this one leaves me a bit shocked. The video never says a company name, there are no company logos and there is absolutely nothing to identify them, yet they are sure that this will somehow damage their image.
Oh, don’t worry, I think you’re doing a fine job of that on your own without the assistance of the employees.
What say you? Has Best Buy gone too far?