Best Buy employee suspended over iPhone vs. EVO video [Update]

Brian Maupin, a Best Buy employee since 2007, was suspended recently for creating two iPhone vs HTC Evo videos and posting them on YouTube. Brian was asked to quit. He refused, and has been put on suspension while Best Buy decides his fate. He expects to be fired on Monday.

Brian told TechCrunch, "They felt it disparaged a brand they carried (iPhone/Apple) as well as the store itself and were fearful of stockholders & customers being turned off to Best Buy Mobile." In his defense, Brian issued a statement to Best Buy's human resources department that said, "I issued a statement to them explaining that the video was intended to be comedic and hence, not taken seriously by them or all these stockholders & customers they are worried about [being] turned off to buying from them due to the video."

The videos, which make no mention of Best Buy, have now had over 3 million views thanks to the recent news. Best Buy had asked Brian to take the videos down but he refused. There were some videos that he had uploaded that referenced Best Buy that they requested he take down and he complied. Brian is optimistic about all that has happened and says, "I see it all as a blessing in disguise. I’ve wanted to start my career in graphic design/animation for so long, I see this as my kick in the pants to go get it."

Update: Best Buy has issued a statement and decided not to fire Brian. "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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I dont think teh video poked fun. It was making comical statemensts of what he could easily prove as fact. I saw the first video before. He was asked by Best Buy to remove the videos he made that specifically mention their name. He did so. However, no one as has been posted; would have known the guy was a BB employee until BB opened their mouth. They had no grounds to fire him and if they had they would have been sued. However, if he makes one mistake on his job he will be fired. so he need to watch himself @ work.

The vids were simply funny because that is actually how iFans act and think.

Going by the Green band at the start, they've asked him to come back.

Streisand Effect FTW.

Good timing, I felt a boycott coming on (or a buycott if you will)..

It is bad enough that they discourage any type of personality or opinion while you are at work, so much worse when you aren't even allowed to have one after hours.

If it doesn't mention Best Buy, or his role as a Best Buy employee, I see no problem. And if he is fired, he should sue for wrongful termination.

That being said, they don't even carry iPhone 4 yet.

Bemani Dog said,
If it doesn't mention Best Buy, or his role as a Best Buy employee, I see no problem. And if he is fired, he should sue for wrongful termination.

That being said, they don't even carry iPhone 4 yet.


He is in Missouri; so this would not constitute as wrongful termination.

Actually.... this will hurt apple and best buy sales... I'll goto walmart where I can get a %10 discount with my friend before i shop at ****ing company who does that to someone for a video....
um.... IF BEST BUY SHUT UP NOONE WOULD KNOW IT WAS THEIR EMPLOYEE!!!!! Thats like being fired cause some how your boss finds out your mone to loud in bed... even though you saved the company from bankrupse and was a perfect employee.... wtf is with coperate usa...

Arcanevoid85 said,
Actually.... this will hurt apple and best buy sales... I'll goto walmart where I can get a %10 discount with my friend before i shop at ****ing company who does that to someone for a video....
um.... IF BEST BUY SHUT UP NOONE WOULD KNOW IT WAS THEIR EMPLOYEE!!!!! Thats like being fired cause some how your boss finds out your mone to loud in bed... even though you saved the company from bankrupse and was a perfect employee.... wtf is with coperate usa...

Probably the same thing that's with your spelling? There are contracts involved in the matter. Have you read his? No? Well then, keep walking.

Actually if the video is proven to be a threat for the sale of Iphone 4,then it's just fact to let people clearly understand the fundamental feature between Android and of course Iphone....if there feel no fear why do they asking to remove it...but i know if you in best buy shoes you probably do the same
decison

IphoneMini said,
Actually if the video is proven to be a threat for the sale of Iphone 4,then it's just fact to let people clearly understand the fundamental feature between Android and of course Iphone....if there feel no fear why do they asking to remove it...but i know if you in best buy shoes you probably do the same
decison

I'm sure the next customer that walks into a best buy will ask for the EVO that can transform into a space ship and fly them to the moon or whatever. How is that clearly understanding the fundamental differences between Android and iPhone?

Metodi Mitov said,

I'm sure the next customer that walks into a best buy will ask for the EVO that can transform into a space ship and fly them to the moon or whatever. How is that clearly understanding the fundamental differences between Android and iPhone?

He is rippin on Iphone users duh...

Metodi Mitov said,

I'm sure the next customer that walks into a best buy will ask for the EVO that can transform into a space ship and fly them to the moon or whatever. How is that clearly understanding the fundamental differences between Android and iPhone?

Are you high? before he got to the comical parts; he did mention factual info where the EVO 4G is truthful and in fact better. the 4G in the name actually means it works on a REAL 4G network...not imitating the name 4g in just meaning 4th Generation of iPhone. The phone does have a front and rear facing camera in high resolution. iPhone 4 has a rear facing high resolution cemera and a low res front facing one. EVO can use Skype on Sprints network, WIFI and 3G/4G; while iPhone can only use Facetime on WIFI until the update whenever that happens. The EVO has a bigger screen which means when you watch videos or make videos you can see more of the video with less black space on the top and bottom.

The battery life is another question. The new iphone 4G gets double the batty-life because the battery inside is double the original iphone 3GS battery. I have an iPod Touch and I install iOS4 and the battery barely lasts 1/2 the day.

technically the EVO 4G is a better phone and its on a better network. the problem is BB sells the iPhone while the EVO 4G is solely carried by Sprint. It could be a knock that an employee of BB would speak facts against a product they sell. However, who would have known it was an employee if BB didn't open their damn mouths?

Not entirely creative though. HTC sucks and Iphone sucks. And you don't need to create humor my using the F work 900 times. Andrew Dice Clay could but he was never really funny.

"I see it all as a blessing in disguise. I've wanted to start my career in graphic design/animation for so long, I see this as my kick in the pants to go get it."

Huh? Maybe a career in scripting/writing/marketing, but animation? He used software and just typed up what the characters said, he didn't actually animate them or design anything.

Well this is pathetic!! the guy did not do anything wrong in my views, he just made his point. obviously according to best buys policies if I my iPhone spontaneously combusted into a flaming pile of sh*t and I posted A video on youtube about my phone explodin I could then be fired for swearing about my iphone for spontaneously combusting. but that wouln't happen would it??? no because the camera on my evo doesnt work but they replace it for free and its not on fire yet so ill leave the iPhone untill I can jail break it. can't be bothered atm

techbeck said,
Fire his ass...both videos were inaccurate...he should be fired for his stupidity.

Its satire, FFS! Since when does satire need to be accurate?

TonyLock said,
I wonder how much muscle the mighty Apple Inc flexed to have this guy suspended.

How how much google payed to have him suspended/fired. Seriously, its not a Apple vs Google or an evil Apple act...the tool produced a video for and against both phones.

techbeck said,

How how much google payed to have him suspended/fired. Seriously, its not a Apple vs Google or an evil Apple act...the tool produced a video for and against both phones.

Yep, and to top it off he did make videos based on his experiences with BB as well

" There were some videos that he had uploaded that referenced Best Buy that they requested he take down and he complied"

So, liked I said above. Their is more to this story than the popular videos mentioned above.

If my theory is correct, the "economic motivation" in item #4 will make or break a civil suit. Both sides will argue that the employee did/did not benefit financially. The employee should not accept any goods, services or compensation accordingly.

I do not agree with the position taken by Best Buy, but am guessing that if they dismiss this employee their defense in any subsequent civil litigation will be based on the following:

Commercial speech is speech done on behalf of a company or individual for the purpose of making a profit.

Unlike political speech, the Supreme Court does not afford commercial speech full protection under the First Amendment. To effectively distinguish commercial speech from other types of speech for purposes of litigation, the Supreme Court uses a list of four indicia:

1) The contents do "no more than propose a commercial transaction."

2) The contents may be characterized as advertisements.

3) The contents reference a specific product.

4) The disseminator is economically motivated to distribute the speech.

Alone, each indicium does not compel the conclusion that an instance of speech is commercial; however, "the combination of all these characteristics...provides strong support for...the conclusion that the [speech is] properly characterized as commercial speech."

Lyondellic said,
I do not agree with the position taken by Best Buy, but am guessing that if they dismiss this employee their defense in any subsequent civil litigation will be based on the following:

Commercial speech is speech done on behalf of a company or individual for the purpose of making a profit.

Unlike political speech, the Supreme Court does not afford commercial speech full protection under the First Amendment. To effectively distinguish commercial speech from other types of speech for purposes of litigation, the Supreme Court uses a list of four indicia:

1) The contents do "no more than propose a commercial transaction."

2) The contents may be characterized as advertisements.

3) The contents reference a specific product.

4) The disseminator is economically motivated to distribute the speech.

Alone, each indicium does not compel the conclusion that an instance of speech is commercial; however, "the combination of all these characteristics...provides strong support for...the conclusion that the [speech is] properly characterized as commercial speech."

civil litigation? are f*cking serious? Most (if not all) states are "work at will". They can terminate your employment for ANY reason, even if it has nothing to do with your work. Wrongful termination suites are nearly impossible to win within a "work at will" state. The only thing BB wants at this point is for him to quit so they don't have to pay unemployment. If he's terminated, he then has a chance to earn unemployment after the unemployment hearing. He's best to wait to be terminated and hope their wasn't a pre-existing policy on social network website use.

He will win this.... He never mentioned Best Buy, so no matter what BB THINKS, they have no legal right to fire him..... They'll probably just grumble and say "damn, we can't get him...." Oh well, let's "downsize him" in a couple weeks..... Fire 3 or 4 employees, him included, then hire back everyone but him. Thats the only way they could get rid of him... Otherwise it would be clear that they were targeting him unfairly.... They still would be, but from a legal standpoint, apparently, there's nothing wrong with firing someone that way.

He in no way mentions Best Buy in these videos... and it was not untill Best Buy got there noses into it was it even revealed who he worked for. Best Buy shot them selves in the ass buy starting up all the hoopla

Maybe Best Buy should worry more about the predatory and unethical business practices I see the 'Geek Squad' committing in the Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) NJ store. Instead of getting mad at an employee who made a video that never mentions Best Buy, they should check out how customers get treated at the Woodland Park store when they go to buy a video game system or a laptop. I see it all the time. Pressured to HAVE to take a geek squad optimization. How the EFFF do you optimize an Xbox or PS3 or Wii?! I've seen them not let someone buy a laptop that wasn't optimized. They are a bunch of crooks. on second thought maybe this guy is lucky to be fired from there.

KXH said,
Maybe Best Buy should worry more about the predatory and unethical business practices I see the 'Geek Squad' committing in the Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) NJ store. Instead of getting mad at an employee who made a video that never mentions Best Buy, they should check out how customers get treated at the Woodland Park store when they go to buy a video game system or a laptop. I see it all the time. Pressured to HAVE to take a geek squad optimization. How the EFFF do you optimize an Xbox or PS3 or Wii?! I've seen them not let someone buy a laptop that wasn't optimized. They are a bunch of crooks. on second thought maybe this guy is lucky to be fired from there.

Forced how? Someone puts a gun to their head and orders them to buy the item from BB and have it optimized? There are other stores if that one is being difficult. If they're making sales, then they are quite likely not forcing anyone or being even half as bad as you're making them out to be.

Metodi Mitov said,

Forced how? Someone puts a gun to their head and orders them to buy the item from BB and have it optimized? There are other stores if that one is being difficult. If they're making sales, then they are quite likely not forcing anyone or being even half as bad as you're making them out to be.

Forced in that they refuse to sell them the laptop or game system that is NOT optimized. I only go in to BB to buy movies, but i look around. And i see it everytime i go in there. And shockingly, they seem to do it to people whose english is not that good more than anyone else. I've seen it more than once. Woodland Park NJ BB is a bunch of scumbags! You or I would go to a different store, but these people look rather defeated and accept it. BB's business strategy is like Apple, the customer is $#IT and they will accept whatever we decide is good enough for them, also we should rip them off in the process.

KXH said,

Forced in that they refuse to sell them the laptop or game system that is NOT optimized. I only go in to BB to buy movies, but i look around. And i see it everytime i go in there. And shockingly, they seem to do it to people whose english is not that good more than anyone else. I've seen it more than once. Woodland Park NJ BB is a bunch of scumbags! You or I would go to a different store, but these people look rather defeated and accept it. BB's business strategy is like Apple, the customer is $#IT and they will accept whatever we decide is good enough for them, also we should rip them off in the process.

I'll speak on unethical. I worked out of the Durham, NC store from 1998-1999 when management would lie to customers by saying a laptop was being held for someone if the customer said they would not but the performance service plan. Talk about being unethical. I also here about that going on here in MN where they originated from.

KXH said,

Forced in that they refuse to sell them the laptop or game system that is NOT optimized. I only go in to BB to buy movies, but i look around. And i see it everytime i go in there. And shockingly, they seem to do it to people whose english is not that good more than anyone else. I've seen it more than once. Woodland Park NJ BB is a bunch of scumbags! You or I would go to a different store, but these people look rather defeated and accept it. BB's business strategy is like Apple, the customer is $#IT and they will accept whatever we decide is good enough for them, also we should rip them off in the process.

I'll speak on unethical. I worked out of the Durham, NC store from 1998-1999 when management would lie to customers by saying a laptop was being held for someone if the customer said they would not but the performance service plan. Talk about being unethical. I also here about that going on here in MN where they originated from.

I am sure Apple called Best Buy to force this. So Apple can make years of ads mocking Windows, mostly on stuff that is not even true or fair, but one guy cannot mock Apple even when he also mocks the competition. I truly believe Apple is behind this, they tracked the guy, found out he worked for Best Buy and had their attorneys call Best Buy threatening to stop business with them if they don't fire the guy. He did nothing wrong, he never mentioned Best Buy, he did it as individual, in excercise of his freedom of speech. Earlier this week, another comedian, the guys from Futurama mocked the iPhone and the next day the video was pulled of from Comedy Central website. Nobody would pull out a successful video for nothing, again, I am sure Apple was behind it. And this is WRONG! After this, Steve Jobs "PR nightmare" emails, the stolen iPhone and the Apple police, suicidal Foxcomm, etc. someone from the shareholders need to stand up and ask Steve Jobs retirement. He carries too much bad blood, he is too much of a conflict maker, with Adobe, with Google, with Microsoft, with HTC, and with any critics, and I truly believe Apple without Jobs will continue to make good producs, sans the drama.

Charles Keledjian said,
I am sure Apple called Best Buy to force this. So Apple can make years of ads mocking Windows, mostly on stuff that is not even true or fair, but one guy cannot mock Apple even when he also mocks the competition. I truly believe Apple is behind this, they tracked the guy, found out he worked for Best Buy and had their attorneys call Best Buy threatening to stop business with them if they don't fire the guy. He did nothing wrong, he never mentioned Best Buy, he did it as individual, in excercise of his freedom of speech. Earlier this week, another comedian, the guys from Futurama mocked the iPhone and the next day the video was pulled of from Comedy Central website. Nobody would pull out a successful video for nothing, again, I am sure Apple was behind it. And this is WRONG! After this, Steve Jobs "PR nightmare" emails, the stolen iPhone and the Apple police, suicidal Foxcomm, etc. someone from the shareholders need to stand up and ask Steve Jobs retirement. He carries too much bad blood, he is too much of a conflict maker, with Adobe, with Google, with Microsoft, with HTC, and with any critics, and I truly believe Apple without Jobs will continue to make good producs, sans the drama.

What about the Simpsons Mapple video?

Funny how BB exposed him and then want to suspend him.

Yesterday I was at a friends house. My friend asked his daughter if she would want another MAC Book after college and she said yeah. I was helping her with something on the MAC Book and I asked her why she likes MACs better or why she would choose another MAC. She said well because she does. I said but what makes it better and she said she was used to it now. This is after she complained that the keyboard had to be replaced 3 times now and she forget t get the extended warranty and its too late. She liked my Adamo 13(white) and asked if Windows 7 was harder to learn and I asked her how well she knows her MAC. Let's see she can surf, check emails and facebook along with some small office applications which she learned how to use in Windows a few years back.

I have an EVO 4G and she really likes it but wanted an Iphone. I asked her why she said because they are cool. This is our future generation folks!

Sorry. The guy uses the word 'hence'. He lost me there.

/yeah, I judge people by their vocabulary, wanna fight about it?
//"as per usual" is still worse

Seriously, Best Buy? I guess its true that all you have to do is put out a commercial and put up shop next to a legitimate store and the common sheep will flock to it. Their prices, service, tech-knowledge, and products are all horrible and I can't see how anyone would want to shop there unless they just didn't know better.

JHH said,
Reading comprehension?

I can read just fine, I'm just surprised that anyone cares enough about best buy to waste people's time.

The video is crude and no-one will give him a job in graphic design with this quality of work. Having videos full of unnecessary profanity doesn't go a long way in the hiring process. I think they were funny and that he would have a good shot in google's ad share program on youtube if he puts up a channel though.

As far as his legal rights go, it's dependent on what contract he signed when he got hired. Aside from any legal victories he could get, no company would put up with that image being reflected through their employees and would fire him. He could have made a video comparing two brands of toilet paper that they don't sell and as soon as it was linked back to them, he would be removed.

Take them down seriously they have been mirrored like 1000 times already as soon as they got popular. That way when they asked he complied and as they dont mention best buy theirs little he (or they) could do.

Unplugged said,
Take them down seriously they have been mirrored like 1000 times already as soon as they got popular. That way when they asked he complied and as they dont mention best buy theirs little he (or they) could do.

He shouldn't have to take them down. He didn't mention Best Buy, and did the video on HIS time.

This is clearly satirical comedy. It really takes you to have worked in retail to understand where this is coming from.

Also, the company he works for has no right to remove him from his job they are simply bullying him.

pourpower said,
This is clearly satirical comedy. It really takes you to have worked in retail to understand where this is coming from.

Also, the company he works for has no right to remove him from his job they are simply bullying him.

More people talking without having all the information. Have you read his contract? Do let me know what the confidentiality clauses state.

Wow... now I'm going to associate those videos with BB where as before I had no clue that he worked at BB. Nice job BB. Way to shoot yourself in the foot you ****ing retards.

wahoospa said,
Sounds like Brian has them by the bawls. Has Best Buy not heard of the constitutional right to free speech.

It doesn't mean you can't be fired for exercising it.

wahoospa said,
Sounds like Brian has them by the bawls. Has Best Buy not heard of the constitutional right to free speech.

I'm pretty sure they have. I'm also pretty sure they have a contract that has something related to said constitutional right in it that Brian signed.

wahoospa said,
Sounds like Brian has them by the bawls. Has Best Buy not heard of the constitutional right to free speech.

Do you not realize that our right to free speech does not extend to private enterprises? If I walk into my CEO's office tomorrow and said "You are an F'in Moron", he could smile back at me and say "You are F'in fired" and he would have every legal right to do so.

The first one is much funnier, much more accurate too.
Haven't seen an android app that doesn't work, battery life is better than any iphone, and since when did Android have even updates every 6 months let alone 3 days.

yakumo said,
The first one is much funnier, much more accurate too.
Haven't seen an android app that doesn't work, battery life is better than any iphone, and since when did Android have even updates every 6 months let alone 3 days.

Haven't seen an iPhone app that doesn't work on my iPhone, my iPhone's battery life is better than my co-worker's EVO. I can't even notice your reasoning behind updates to be honest, as it seems you're saying that Android doesn't update as often as 6 months? What's wrong with regular updates? If you see a bug that needs to be ironed out, you fix it and roll out an update. If you want to add new features, what do you do?

Metodi Mitov said,

Haven't seen an iPhone app that doesn't work on my iPhone, my iPhone's battery life is better than my co-worker's EVO. I can't even notice your reasoning behind updates to be honest, as it seems you're saying that Android doesn't update as often as 6 months? What's wrong with regular updates? If you see a bug that needs to be ironed out, you fix it and roll out an update. If you want to add new features, what do you do?

words of a fanboy

Screw BB....the attention this has garnered will help him more than working at that POS store anyway. I love the video, it pretty much sums up the idiotic iPhone fanboys.
What is it you like about the iPhone....it's an iPhone LOL. Typical for Apple fanboys.
Can't tell you what it is about the d*mn thing that makes it better than anything else other than it came out of Jobs butt.

naap51stang said,
Screw BB....the attention this has garnered will help him more than working at that POS store anyway. I love the video, it pretty much sums up the idiotic iPhone fanboys.
What is it you like about the iPhone....it's an iPhone LOL. Typical for Apple fanboys.
Can't tell you what it is about the d*mn thing that makes it better than anything else other than it came out of Jobs butt.

did you watch both videos? one dissed iphone one dissed evo so there was no fanboyism really. It was his take on the negative sides of both.

also BB is an awesome store.

tablet_user said,

did you watch both videos? one dissed iphone one dissed evo so there was no fanboyism really. It was his take on the negative sides of both.

also BB is an awesome store.

Only if you like getting screwed on the prices of their products

peacemf said,
how old is this guy? 12? 15?
the second one clearly showed his age there

I Actually thought it was intelligently written. This is his way of relaxing after being around stupid customers all day. Yes I know, "not everyone knows as much about technology as we do ", blah blah blah blah. In the end it still takes it's toll on you, no matter what anyone says. What he came up with was REALLY well made and really funny.

peacemf said,
how old is this guy? 12? 15?
the second one clearly showed his age there

umm, best buy doesn't hire 12 or 15 year olds.

warwagon said,

I Actually thought it was intelligently written. This is his way of relaxing after being around stupid customers all day. Yes I know, "not everyone knows as much about technology as we do ", blah blah blah blah. In the end it still takes it's toll on you, no matter what anyone says. What he came up with was REALLY well made and really funny.


Exactly, even without customers just being around stupid can be irritating. +1

@peacemf
How sad are you right now? Cuz by that comment you seem really sad bro.

warwagon said,

I Actually thought it was intelligently written. What he came up with was REALLY well made and really funny.

No it wasn't.

warwagon said,

I Actually thought it was intelligently written. This is his way of relaxing after being around stupid customers all day. Yes I know, "not everyone knows as much about technology as we do ", blah blah blah blah. In the end it still takes it's toll on you, no matter what anyone says. What he came up with was REALLY well made and really funny.

+1

I did not even know it had anything to do with or created by a BB employee till all this news fired up.

Good one BB. If you kept your mouth shut no one would have known. Now everyone does.

Im wondering whats going to happen. I also work for a BB and lately we have been told to be safe if talking about tech products they want every employee to mention " I work for BB but this does not represent the views of BB" they want us doing this on twitter, facebook, and any site with electronics that we might discuss.

Love those videos! hope that Best Buy doesn't fire him. As a matter of fact no body knew that he even worked at Best Buy until they made all this fuzz about it.

The first one is so true of how most customers behave when it comes to Apple electronic fashion accessories. I sympathise with this employee for the utterly illegal way Best Buy are trying to fire him, but then like any intelligent and technically knowledgeable individual depression and suicide are the only "rewards" he will get working for tyrants like Best Buy as they prefer staff who have no technical knowledge anyway, if you can smile and look interested in the pointless rubbish people drone on at you all day then you'll make employee of the month every month.

chillipig said,
The first one is so true of how most customers behave when it comes to Apple electronic fashion accessories. I sympathise with this employee for the utterly illegal way Best Buy are trying to fire him, but then like any intelligent and technically knowledgeable individual depression and suicide are the only "rewards" he will get working for tyrants like Best Buy as they prefer staff who have no technical knowledge anyway, if you can smile and look interested in the pointless rubbish people drone on at you all day then you'll make employee of the month every month.


Bingo, the iPhone is more of a status symbol than anything.

vincent said,


Bingo, the iPhone is more of a status symbol than anything.

Same goes fro HTC Incredible. It's incredibly lagging and has a really sh**y battery life.
The funny part is that one of my girlfriends friend got it because her coworker told her that is so much more than an iPhone. Now she has a HTC incredible that she needs to recharge few times per day because she uses the little chat app and the Jumping Cow game, a copy of the iPhone's Froggy game... Did I mention it's laggy when you sweep through screens.

chillipig said,
The first one is so true of how most customers behave when it comes to Apple electronic fashion accessories. I sympathise with this employee for the utterly illegal way Best Buy are trying to fire him, but then like any intelligent and technically knowledgeable individual depression and suicide are the only "rewards" he will get working for tyrants like Best Buy as they prefer staff who have no technical knowledge anyway, if you can smile and look interested in the pointless rubbish people drone on at you all day then you'll make employee of the month every month.

Who said it's illegal to fire him? Have you read each clause of his employee contract? Don't get me wrong, I don't like BB either, but still... try not to throw accusations at people without knowing all sides of the story.

DanLeto get off your high horse. It's done it for comedic reasons he not trying to win a peabody for his body of work for educational purposes.

The first one was original and funny! The second one was forced and tried to replicate the first. It failed. Just like Apples excuses for signal reception.

+Piggy - thats the best line! bigger GB's. too funny.

DanLeto said,

I'm on a chair.

Then get off your high chair, Sir. Anyways,

mrmomoman said,

The first one was original and funny! The second one was forced and tried to replicate the first. It failed. Just like Apples excuses for signal reception.

+Piggy - thats the best line! bigger GB's. too funny.

I don't really see how it's funny. The fact that people go for something just because other people Have bought it and that it's "popular" isn't funny. It's quite sad, in fact. When 99.9% of people stop using their brains for what they were meant to be used for is when you should start worrying about the future of this planet. Go watch Idiocracy and tell me if you think the picture there is actually funny.

Metodi Mitov said,
I don't really see how it's funny. The fact that people go for something just because other people Have bought it and that it's "popular" isn't funny. It's quite sad, in fact. When 99.9% of people stop using their brains for what they were meant to be used for is when you should start worrying about the future of this planet. Go watch Idiocracy and tell me if you think the picture there is actually funny.

Settle down, it is funny, chill son.

The first one is much more funnier.

I can understand why they'd want to suspend him had they have had a legitimate reason to do so... but seriously, before today, I was unaware that he was an employee of Best Buy. So, no point to it, really.

It may not have to do with BB directly, but it does have to do with one of BB partners. BB simply wants to protect its relationship with those partners and as such, is taking action to do so.

JAB Creations said,
Brian Maupin should be promoted to president of marketing and be paid $400,000 a year.

Exactly. The world needs more people in marketing and retail like him.

JAB Creations said,
Brian Maupin should be promoted to president of marketing and be paid $400,000 a year.
Why? Because he can make videos directly mocking his company's partners? Do you think the partners would stay with your company if your own people start mocking them? He would be losing your company business from partners and on top of it you would be paying him 400k a year for doing so. Nice strategy.


He did something on his own time. So I agree that he should not be punished for anything. However, if he signed a legal agreement which explicitly or implicitly bars him from doing something like this, he would have to pay for the consequences. Most companies have this in the employment agreements. I myself am in a situation where I am not permitted to talk about my company's people, products or partners on a public website without a legal personnel's approval. This is common practice.

Edited by Jebadiah, Jul 6 2010, 12:52am :

Jebadiah said,
Why? Because he can make videos directly mocking his company's partners? ...

Occasionally comments posted on the interwebs aren't all that deeply philosophical.

Any way there is no reason this guy should have been "disciplined" in any way, in fact whoever decided he should be should be let go on infringing on his freedom of speech.

"It prints ****ing money"
"i don't care"
"What the **** entices you about the iPhone 4 if you don't mind me asking?"
"It's an iPhone"
LAWL.

Edited by Conjor, Jul 5 2010, 3:01pm :

warwagon said,
Those were actually hilarious videos.

first one was funny, because it was true. second one was retarded attempt by Apple fanboy.

nekrosoft13 said,

first one was funny, because it was true. second one was retarded attempt by Apple fanboy.

But the second one was made by the same guy..!

nekrosoft13 said,

first one was funny, because it was true. second one was retarded attempt by Apple fanboy.

Funny, They both where made by the same user. This just shows how people are calling others Fanboy blindly.

Damian. said,

Funny, They both where made by the same user. This just shows how people are calling others Fanboy blindly.

No doubt.

Damian. said,

Funny, They both where made by the same user. This just shows how people are calling others Fanboy blindly.


+1

nekrosoft13 said,

first one was funny, because it was true. second one was retarded attempt by Apple fanboy.

haha, dumbass.

nekrosoft13 said,

first one was funny, because it was true. second one was retarded attempt by Apple fanboy.

It prints money? It will transform into a space ship and take you to the moon? True?

He should be allowed to do what he wants on his own time... It's not like he mentioned BB or anything

Rudy said,
He should be allowed to do what he wants on his own time... It's not like he mentioned BB or anything

If he's fired, he has a pretty good case on his hands. I wouldn't be surprised to see Best Buy settle this with a confidentiality clause to keep him quite (and slightly richer).

Rudy said,
He should be allowed to do what he wants on his own time... It's not like he mentioned BB or anything

If he looks at his contract I am sure there will be a clause that protects the company against acts like this. Sure, if he wasn't working for the company the situation would be completely reversed and he could plead constitutional rights. However, the company does have the right to protect its image, and if it's employees go around poking fun at its partners, it has the right (if his contract allows it) to protect itself.


While I was working at a retail store the company put a gag order on online complaints (via facebook and what-have-you) of the company by workers - weather the complaints were warranted or not. It was regarded by the employees as an invasion of privacy and complaints were filed. But in the end, the company won because of such a clause in all the employees contracts which protected the company from its employees bashing it and its partners.

Best Buy would win if it went to court on this I am sure, but it won't go that far...

Conjor said,

If he looks at his contract I am sure there will be a clause that protects the company against acts like this. Sure, if he wasn't working for the company the situation would be completely reversed and he could plead constitutional rights. However, the company does have the right to protect its image, and if it's employees go around poking fun at its partners, it has the right (if his contract allows it) to protect itself.


While I was working at a retail store the company put a gag order on online complaints (via facebook and what-have-you) of the company by workers - weather the complaints were warranted or not. It was regarded by the employees as an invasion of privacy and complaints were filed. But in the end, the company won because of such a clause in all the employees contracts which protected the company from its employees bashing it and its partners.

Best Buy would win if it went to court on this I am sure, but it won't go that far...


I think your missing a big point in this, Best Buy is not mentioned at all in the videos. Therefore there is no image being tarnished. He was not working on the ccompany's dime.
By Best Buy to tell an employee to take down the videos they are taking away his constitutional rights. He did nothing that tarnishes Best Buys image. If you still think so, please do explain.

Kutster said,

I think your missing a big point in this, Best Buy is not mentioned at all in the videos. Therefore there is no image being tarnished. He was not working on the ccompany's dime.
By Best Buy to tell an employee to take down the videos they are taking away his constitutional rights. He did nothing that tarnishes Best Buys image. If you still think so, please do explain.

Except BB was mentioned in other videos that he was forced to take down, and did so. The disposition of his case is going to be based on ALL content.

Either way, he will get the attention he deserves in the field he is seeking.

Conjor said,

If he looks at his contract I am sure there will be a clause that protects the company against acts like this. Sure, if he wasn't working for the company the situation would be completely reversed and he could plead constitutional rights. However, the company does have the right to protect its image, and if it's employees go around poking fun at its partners, it has the right (if his contract allows it) to protect itself.


While I was working at a retail store the company put a gag order on online complaints (via facebook and what-have-you) of the company by workers - weather the complaints were warranted or not. It was regarded by the employees as an invasion of privacy and complaints were filed. But in the end, the company won because of such a clause in all the employees contracts which protected the company from its employees bashing it and its partners.

Best Buy would win if it went to court on this I am sure, but it won't go that far...

I never would have known he was an employee if it weren't for BB alerting me to it. Either way, I'll still flip em off the next time I pass their headquarters in Richfield, MN the next time I pass them. BB sucks, their store brand products are a cheap joke and the company is quickly becoming one itself.

Conjor said,

If he looks at his contract I am sure there will be a clause that protects the company against acts like this. Sure, if he wasn't working for the company the situation would be completely reversed and he could plead constitutional rights. However, the company does have the right to protect its image, and if it's employees go around poking fun at its partners, it has the right (if his contract allows it) to protect itself.


While I was working at a retail store the company put a gag order on online complaints (via facebook and what-have-you) of the company by workers - weather the complaints were warranted or not. It was regarded by the employees as an invasion of privacy and complaints were filed. But in the end, the company won because of such a clause in all the employees contracts which protected the company from its employees bashing it and its partners.

Best Buy would win if it went to court on this I am sure, but it won't go that far...

that's implying there's a contract... does b.b. make their low level retail employees sign contracts??

wookietv said,

that's implying there's a contract... does b.b. make their low level retail employees sign contracts??

Not sure where you live, but in the real world, companies have EVERY employee sign a contract. Hell, if I didn't sign a contract when I got hired, I would ask for one as then what kind of proof do you have that they're actually supposed to be paying you for anything?

Elessar said,

If he's fired, he has a pretty good case on his hands. I wouldn't be surprised to see Best Buy settle this with a confidentiality clause to keep him quite (and slightly richer).

Actually if he is in an "at-will" state they can fire him for just about any reason (with the exception of a few things, ie. gender, race, national origin, etc). If he is in an "at-will" state they could walk in and say hey I don't like you, you are fired.