Customer claims Apple Store printed homophobic slur on his receipt

Apple Stores are often seen as a model of modern retail - spotless, stylish temples for the products that they sell. But like any company, the customer service is only as good as the representative delivering it, and there are always occasional weak links. 

A man alleges that he visited an Apple Store in Portland, Oregon, and left with a homophobic slur printed on his receipt, entered by the store employee that served him. The employee apparently entered the customer Adam Catanzarite's email address on the account as "f@g.com". 

Catanzarite took to Facebook to share a photo of the receipt, apparently showing that his email address was indeed entered that way on an actual Apple Store receipt. "I got called a f@g by an Apple employee here in Portland," he said. 

He also adds that he spoke to the store manager, but claims that the manager did not adequately address the situation. Catanzarite said: "Being queer and having worked with queer youth, I know first-hand that this is an example of the type of homophobic beliefs and actions that lead young people to harm themselves." He continued by saying that he expected more of Apple, "a company that prides itself on being LGBTQ inclusive and welcoming."

Oregon Live reports that an Apple spokesperson confirmed that the company has been made aware of the incident, but did not make any further comment about the circumstances or how it might address them. 

Source: Oregon Live via BGR | image via Adam Catanzarite / Facebook

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He was so upset and offended that he took to social media to tell the world?
He is looking for attention... shutup and go home.

Some people see insults everywhere, it's like the people who play the racism/sexism card just because a particular companies employees are 51% white/male.

This drives me nuts too. What are they supposed to do if 51% people applying are white/males. If they don't hire them that is discrimination as well. Same with google having mostly whites and asians. Have you looked in engineering programs at colleges?

Yes if I interview people for a job and 90% are white males then what do I do? Hire someone based upon their sex or race? No, I'd hire based upon the interview without even taking their sex or race into account. If that leads to a company that is 90% white males then people start to make accusations based upon something that didn't happen.

So what you do is take the receipt back to Apple, they look who made this change on the system and they fire them. This is a clear case of customer and media outlet being publicity hungry.

AtriusNY said,
And this Apple employee perhaps doesn't even realize that the CEO of the company he works for is an LGBT.

FFS you can't be "A LGBT".

Who really cares! Give the guy free iPad. Thinking Neowin just post this stuff to see what kind of response they'll get. Ruffle some feathers.

The true crime here is gouging $30 for a measly set of headphones... As for the receipt, it seems clear that Adam Catanzarite is needy of media attention.

Edited by theholmboy, Aug 15 2014, 3:07am :

Freedom of speech in the United State

Criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find distasteful or against public policy are almost always permitted.

I think you need to go back and read constitution of yours again. It is between the federal government and the individual. You are confusing two concepts and you should be ashamed that a none-American is teaching this to you.

I cannot call my companies' customers names and expect not to be fired. They will sure fire me.

AtriusNY said,
I think you need to go back and read constitution of yours again. It is between the federal government and the individual. You are confusing two concepts and you should be ashamed that a none-American is teaching this to you.

I cannot call my companies' customers names and expect not to be fired. They will sure fire me.

Note. i said against public policy are almost always permitted. Not privet Company. Read b4 you make any comment.

68k said,
How is this tech related and worthy of front page news?

It's one of the largest tech companies in the world..... obvious...?

copycat attention seeker.. See the lesbian waitress who faked a homophobic bill, no tip and she cashed in.. had to come out (again) later and admit it was a fabrication. Not an Apple fan, but I must very seriously question this story..

I would not be surprised if, rather than another sordid tale of the "evil white straight male" and his racist/homophobic antics, that this were in fact just another hoax. I'm not buying this unless there is some more convincing evidence presented.
More often than not, these things turn out to be fake, so the odds are in favor of this being the work of a charlatan, but I will wait and see...

I don't understand why there is a need by some to fight fire with fire when there is an injustice (perceived or tangible). The person who was wronged by being called a slur has, likely inadvertently, just turned the employee him/herself into a victim as well via public shaming, dampening the intended effect. If there is any lesson that people should learn is that when there is any injustice, the most effective way to send a clear message is through methods that allow the offender to make themselves look like a fool. Civil disobedience from the civil rights era was a great example of this. When faced with hate, show compassion, when faced with violence, offer an olive branch. When you turn the offender into a victim, you give them the power to say "You see that! I'm right about my belief!". There was far more accomplished in the civil rights era because of the message received by the public and politicians at large by civil disobedience displayed by black Americans that wanted equal treatment, than there is today when you have guys like Jesse Jackson and Rev. Sharpton running here and there getting everyone fired up and slinging mud creating victims out of the offenders.

I don't like Apple products nor his "ideology". However, if Apple calls you a f*g then truly you are. Also, if you also publish it on the web (instead of filling a formal complain) then you are.

Btw,first it was LGBT and now LGBTQ ?. :-|. Next, LGBTQPBN ?

If it was an honest mistake, then I'm sure a sincere apology from the employee and store would have resolved it. But as got brushed-off, it seems that something a little more sinister was going on.

Don't forget...many times people complete their purchase from an iPhone/similar in store using a touch screen. Where do your thumbs typically want to rest/hover over while typing? Near the middle...What's near the middle of the keyboard? F and G. I am willing to bet if you check how many times that email address is in apples systems it will be quite common. Just because something *can* mean something, doesn't mean it actually does.

that's too intelligent of a thought for most people

SkyyPunk said,
Don't forget...many times people complete their purchase from an iPhone/similar in store using a touch screen. Where do your thumbs typically want to rest/hover over while typing? Near the middle...What's near the middle of the keyboard? F and G. I am willing to bet if you check how many times that email address is in apples systems it will be quite common. Just because something *can* mean something, doesn't mean it actually does.

Being offended is a choice.

So many choose to be offended whether a slight was intended or not. Either way, you control your own offense. I'm gay and I say Deal With It.

Anyway - I'm in the Pacific Northwest, and there's no way in the world anyone here on the Left Coast made a f*g reference. Not only can you not tell who's gay here but no one cares. I haven't found a homophobe since I moved west of the Mississippi.

Today I learned fatg.com random filler is a slur. Do the offended have no limits in their search for outrage?

Ok... forgive my ignorance .... maybe this is a US-specific thing, but can someone explain this to me?

Here in the UK the word "fag" is simply an slang term for a cigarette you smoke... I don't get the association between the word "fag" and homosexuality?? :s

GreatMarkO said,
Ok... forgive my ignorance .... maybe this is a US-specific thing, but can someone explain this to me?

Here in the UK the word "fag" is simply an slang term for a cigarette you smoke... I don't get the association between the word "fag" and homosexuality?? :s

Fag is a derogatory term for gays here in the UK as well. It's short for faggot.

I don't know the entomology, but fag and fagot have long been used to call someone gay or otherwise challenge their masculinity, highly insulting. It is very much a mainstream word in the US, has been used in movies and TV shows and and a very specific meaning. I would say it is as well known as using the N word.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

Fag is a derogatory term for gays here in the UK as well. It's short for faggot.

A bundle of sticks?

I remember people using this on each other in elementary school a few times.
"You're a fag!"
"I'm gonna tell on you!"
"It just means a cigarette! I called you a cigarette! Trololol."

Mandosis said,
its because f and g are right next to each other on the keyboard and the customer likely did not give an email.

But picking those keys? The employee is either abusive or mind numbingly stupid. I don't know which is worse.

How could people blame "Apple" when is was one person in the company that is so far down on the food chain that hes the wet towel you have just used after going to a gym. Just show's that "homophobic" people work for Apple.

It was said by an Apply employee representing Apple. Clearly this is not how Apple feels, but it was their employee and something they will need to deal with.

xpablo said,
could be fat? f@ = Fat.


What if the person meant to hit the "b" directly below the "g"? Then it would have been f@b. How about the "n" for f@n or "v" for f@v? Could it just be possible that the person just f@t fingered the wrong key?

Regardless of the intent, I think as an employee of Apple, this person had a duty to exercise better judgment when interacting with members of the public.

zhangm said,
Regardless of the intent, I think as an employee of Apple, this person had a duty to exercise better judgment when interacting with members of the public.

The employee probably didn't even realize it.

Wall-swe said,
Land of the free, right. Maybe if you're white, straight and male. Other wise you get shot, or harassed.

I'm sure no other country on Earth has any harassment issues. Yeeaaahhhh.

Lord Method Man said,
Not sure what this has to do with something an employee put on a receipt.

Because blacks and Hispanics get discriminated against all the time just as gay and lesbians do. It's a sad part of many cultures.

SJTWD said,

Because blacks and Hispanics get discriminated against all the time just as gay and lesbians do. It's a sad part of many cultures.

So do whites, males, and straight people.

Lord Method Man said,

So do whites, males, and straight people.


Maybe so, but when was the last time white people held a protest rally when an innocent unarmed white straight man gets gunned down by a black cop similar to what happened in St. Louis? It is by far not to the same extent in this country. Not even close to being the same.

SJTWD said,

Maybe so, but when was the last time white people held a protest rally when an innocent unarmed white straight man gets gunned down by a black cop similar to what happened in St. Louis? It is by far not to the same extent in this country. Not even close to being the same.

Ah one of those people. Good day.

SJTWD said,

Maybe so, but when was the last time white people held a protest rally when an innocent unarmed white straight man gets gunned down by a black cop similar to what happened in St. Louis? It is by far not to the same extent in this country. Not even close to being the same.

Reverse discrimination is a thing just so you know.

SharpGreen said,

Reverse discrimination is a thing just so you know.

Which is why I said maybe so. What part of that did you not understand?

Wall-swe said,
Land of the free, right. Maybe if you're white, straight and male. Other wise you get shot, or harassed.

As a hispanic male that looks very white, I've been very much on the other end of harassment by different races.

It's funny how quickly attitudes can flip-flop when people realize you understand what they're saying.

The 'f' and 'g' keys are adjacent, in the middle of the keyboard? Is this just a case of easiest route to enter an email address unfortunately picking the wrong two keys?

If some retail employee calls a customer "fag," there is no question that the employee should be fired. I just can't tell what the intention was here.

Possibly but if they were really trying to save time, the quickest would be Q@W all caps. So it was either intentional or they aren't as smart as they thought they were.

icwhatudidthere said,
Possibly but if they were really trying to save time, the quickest would be Q@W all caps. So it was either intentional or they aren't as smart as they thought they were.

What if the two letters were QQ? Am I now being sexist towards women for choosing letters that resemble a woman's chest? Not trying to be funny here. Point being something very innocent could be interpreted as such and then what? A lawsuit for harassment? For all we know, this customer could be looking for an easy payday.

Hambone72 said,
The 'f' and 'g' keys are adjacent, in the middle of the keyboard? Is this just a case of easiest route to enter an email address unfortunately picking the wrong two keys?

If some retail employee calls a customer "fag," there is no question that the employee should be fired. I just can't tell what the intention was here.

I know you're a n00b to the Interwebs, but the "at" symbol (@) is adjacent to neither the F nor the G keys. Any typist knows that with the left hand alone the SHIFT key and the number 2 keys would have to be pressed "simultaneously" (SHIFT+2).

The letter A, however, is on the same "home row" keys as both the F and the G keys. It is actually *easier* to type "fag" than to type "f@g" since the sequence of keystrokes is simply "F" with the index finger, the "A" with the pinky finger, followed by the "G" with the same index finger. (The "@" symbol is achieved by pressing the lower-left SHIFT key with the pinky finger then using the middle finger to press the number 2 key without releasing the pinky finger.)

On the other hand, if they used a mouse to enter the @ symbol, then it's even more silly since it's easier to repeat the same keystroke (e.g. F) than to press any of the neighboring keys (R, T, D, G, C, V)... and there's still the matter of entering the ".com" as part of the email address.

Look Mensa, your explanation was decent, so why pepper it with rudeness? So much for civilized discourse. Why can't you 12-year-olds just answer the question?

At any rate, your point is taken ... pretty awkward reach of the fingers to type "f@g", ergo it was likely intentional. Good explanation.

I'll leave you with this incredibly witty comeback that I made up myself and am not stealing, "Well, the Jerk Store called, and they're running out of you"

Actually not really hard, especially in the apple store, and since it most likely was a form, and an email field, both letters and the @ key would be available without shift or any other acrobatics on the same screen.

as much as I like to rip on Apple the title is a little over-the-top, it should be "Customer claims Apple Store Employee printed homophobic slur on his receipt." I doubt the whole store feels that way towards gays and we know apple doesn't feel that way.

Had to read the article to find out what the so-called "slur" even was, since it wasn't obvious in the picture, so it must not have really been that bad.

Besides, since when has the @ ever been used as a substitue for an "a"?

SharpGreen said,

Besides, since when has the @ ever been used as a substitue for an "a"?


only since 1995 or so that i know of... most likely even before that. no question about it, f@g can be read as fag.

however, if the person typed it on porpoise, is not certain... but quite likely.

@ has frequently been used to substitute for 'a'. It's especially common in passwords, to make them more secure. But there's a freaking lower-case-'a' right in the middle of the symbol. It's not even remotely a stretch.

SharpGreen said,
Had to read the article to find out what the so-called "slur" even was, since it wasn't obvious in the picture, so it must not have really been that bad.

Besides, since when has the @ ever been used as a substitue for an "a"?


0h 1t h@pp3n5 l0t5 0f t1m3s. T00 0ft3n 1n f@ct.

panacea said,


only since 1995 or so that i know of... most likely even before that. no question about it, f@g can be read as fag.

however, if the person typed it on porpoise, is not certain... but quite likely.

If typed on porpoise i sure hope he used a waterproof marker, even the i think it was quite the challenge.....

The question is how did the salesperson know the person was gay? Did he say it passing? Was he flamboyant? Did he actually give the salesperson his email address and they purposely entered it wrong?

primortal said,
The question is how did the salesperson know the person was gay? Did he say it passing? Was he flamboyant? Did he actually give the salesperson his email address and they purposely entered it wrong?

Yeah. Without a context, the story has limited credibility.

Even if the person told him he was gay and then openly hit on him (which is highly unlikely), it still does not excuse the name calling. Simply saying "you are making me uncomfortable" is all that is required, then get your manager if it does not stop.

It is much more likely that the person dressed or talked in a way the employee identified as a gay stereotype, or maybe his boyfriend was with him. Like others have said, does it really matter?

sphbecker said,
Even if the person told him he was gay and then openly hit on him (which is highly unlikely), it still does not excuse the name calling. Simply saying "you are making me uncomfortable" is all that is required, then get your manager if it does not stop.

It is much more likely that the person dressed or talked in a way the employee identified as a gay stereotype, or maybe his boyfriend was with him. Like others have said, does it really matter?

pmbAustin said,
Should any of that even matter? If you think so... why?

It doesn't matter to me at all but It sets context to the employees actions in the report.. As many have said in posts for this article the employee could have just hit f &G being they are next to each other on the keyboard to satisfy a required field.

Look, I'm bisexual, but I mostly bat for my team (male). I look and act straight, but still, if your going to flaunt your lifestyle in public, expect to have people react that don't like it. Just forget it and get on with life...

I can't believe you just blamed the victim and used the excuse of homophobes everywhere of people who are just being true to themselves "flaunting" themselves. Jesus.

Get on with life? Like with everything else, it's Apple's job to provide the best customer service to their paying customers. Hiding a derogatory word using leet speak, if that's the case here or just an employee not realizing what they're doing, doesn't fall under that, so it's reasonable to make other people aware of the unexcusable service.

Edited by benthebear, Aug 14 2014, 9:20pm :

If you leave your wallet out in public you might expect to be robbed, but that doesn't make it right. Doing something stupid that temps another person to do wrong might be dumb, but doesn't take away from their wrong. Having a lifestyle another person disagrees with is not wrong, and you should not have to hide is to avoid bigotry.

pmbAustin said,
I can't believe you just blamed the victim and used the excuse of homophobes everywhere of people who are just being true to themselves "flaunting" themselves. Jesus.

THeres a subgroup of gays that are obsessed with their masculinity and judge those who act more feminine. OP is an example of that pathetic group that will drop the 'im bi though' line to try and legitimize that stupidity.

To Mr Black, grow up. You're obviously very immature, but suprise surprise, not everyone is 'straight acting' (which is funny you use that term, acting, implies ur faking it out of a need to be more masculine - which is true). I look who the 'flamer' types with more admiration than those than feel that being masculine is superior.

Mr. Black said,
Look, I'm bisexual, but I mostly bat for my team (male). I look and act straight, but still, if your going to flaunt your lifestyle in public, expect to have people react that don't like it. Just forget it and get on with life...

Gay people are trying to get on with life. It's straight homophobes who are stopping that from happening.

Mr. Black said,
Look, I'm bisexual, but I mostly bat for my team (male). I look and act straight, but still, if your going to flaunt your lifestyle in public, expect to have people react that don't like it. Just forget it and get on with life...

*facepalm*
Well you're flaunting your orientation right here with this comment, so are you now allowed to receive hateful comments and not complain about it?

You know whats funny about this, when you don't give apple your email, they still have to fill out the email blank. So they use whatever random email they can think of. I've seen f@g and h@j on my receipts all of the time and I have a buddy who works at the apple store that does it all of the time.

I think he's just making it a big deal because he feels offended and needs to tell someone.

I also used to have to enter emails in a system when I worked retail but I would use none@none or doesnt@have

Let's be honest here, using f@g is definitely derogatory and intended to be whether you accept that or not, not a smart move just entering f@g all the time.

Circaflex said,
I also used to have to enter emails in a system when I worked retail but I would use none@none or doesnt@have

Let's be honest here, using f@g is definitely derogatory and intended to be whether you accept that or not, not a smart move just entering f@g all the time.


I agree with Sikh though. F and G are pretty close on the keyboard. I am sure they just picked the email randomly because they had to fill it out.

ffMathy said,

I agree with Sikh though. F and G are pretty close on the keyboard. I am sure they just picked the email randomly because they had to fill it out.

Pretty close? They are right next to each other. The employee probably had his fingers on those keys randomly and by coincidence it looks like f@g. It's a mountain out of a mole hill situation.

The plot thickens,

While the email address could be a legitimate attempt at a slur, the long delay between receiving the receipt and reporting the outrage -- along with Catanzarite offering to teach a sensitivity class to the employees -- has raised questions about the incident.

It has also been noted that at the time of the incident, Catanzarite received an apology from the manager, a gift card from the store and a promise to refund the cost of the Earpods. Apple corporate is aware of the allegation and is investigating, but has not offered any comment on the matter. It was only after the alleged refund did not appear that Catanzarite went public.

He just keeps asking for more…

Rosyna said,
The plot thickens,

He just keeps asking for more…


The hell with it, I'd do it too.

Joking around with your friends is one thing, but work life should remain professional. Back when I worked retail, I kept my people in line. I'd only expect the same from the businesses I visit. It's not about thin skin, it's about learning to mind yourself.

Apple seems like the kind of company that's very adamant about what their expectations are of their employees so this really doesn't worry me.

Sikh said,
You know whats funny about this, when you don't give apple your email, they still have to fill out the email blank. So they use whatever random email they can think of. I've seen f@g and h@j on my receipts all of the time and I have a buddy who works at the apple store that does it all of the time.

I think he's just making it a big deal because he feels offended and needs to tell someone.

So he should. Just because your idiot mate does it all the time, doesn't make it right. And if a customer is offended, they have every bloody right to tell the world what happened. And if it is a common thing, Apple is going to have to sort it out.

The sooner the world moves away from all this gay hate the friggin better. People who are gay shouldn't be ridiculed because of a vocal minority still think it's wrong, or a sin.

The sooner the world moves away from all this gay hate the friggin better. People who are gay shouldn't be ridiculed because of a vocal minority still think it's wrong, or a sin.

Yes, the QWERTY keyboard and alphabet are full of gay hate because the letters "f" and "g" are near each other.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
@ is nowhere near f & g...
Should I show you a diagram to prove it?

But you need the @ sign for a valid email address.

Nashy said,

So he should. Just because your idiot mate does it all the time, doesn't make it right. And if a customer is offended, they have every bloody right to tell the world what happened. And if it is a common thing, Apple is going to have to sort it out.

The sooner the world moves away from all this gay hate the friggin better. People who are gay shouldn't be ridiculed because of a vocal minority still think it's wrong, or a sin.


Hell, even if he wasn't gay, I'd be pretty ticked off to see that on my receipt as it is. I don't mind people being immature, but time and place...

panacea said,
ironic, from apple, but they cannot control all of the employees.

I don't see how they can't control their own employees when they try to control the rest of the world. /s

SJTWD said,

I don't see how they can't control their own employees when they try to control the rest of the world. /s

lmao, some ppl really need to read what they type. this is a prime example.

Beyond Godlike said,

lmao, some ppl really need to read what they type. this is a prime example.


Thanks for sharing your comment as the prime example.

omfg who cares. Why when someone get's upset by a company's wrong doing (if this is even real) does if have to make news? Yes. it's a horrible thing to happen to someone.. But, these attention grabbers are really getting old.

fusi0n said,
omfg who cares. Why when someone get's upset by a company's wrong doing (if this is even real) does if have to make news? Yes. it's a horrible thing to happen to someone.. But, these attention grabbers are really getting old.

I am pro public shaming of all homophobes. It does matter. It is a big deal.

Shadrack said,

I am pro public shaming of all homophobes. It does matter. It is a big deal.


Then it's people like you that are holding everyone back and accepting. Causing a scene does a lot less than being tolerant
or just ignoring ######.

EDIT NVM I totally read that as pro public shaming of homosexuals, not homophobes. Carry one, I am sure fusi0n read it the same way I did at first. Carry on.

fusi0n said,

Then it's people like you that are holding everyone back and accepting. Causing a scene does a lot less than being tolerant
or just ignoring ######.

You are wrong. Calling attention to clear wrong doing is not causing a scene. I can even see something like this making mainstream news. When an employee does something, even if it was clearly wrong, they are doing it on behalf of the company. The fact is, Apple called this person a f@g.com, which is news worthy. Apple needs to quickly respond to this. They need to fire the employee and issue a formal apology to the person (and maybe toss an iTunes gift card his way).

I think most people understand that a employees do step out of line. No one will hold this against Apple, but they do need to take care of it. If people continue to talk about this event even after Apple apologizes, then yes, they are not helping and I agree with you at that point.

Shadrack said,

I am pro public shaming of all homophobes. It does matter. It is a big deal.

Agreed. It is a stupid fallacy that to believe that just because there might be more 'important' issues of greater proportion (say, civil war in Syria), issues of a 'lesser degree' (say, discrimination) should be ignored.

fusi0n said,
omfg who cares. Why when someone get's upset by a company's wrong doing (if this is even real) does if have to make news? Yes. it's a horrible thing to happen to someone.. But, these attention grabbers are really getting old.

I find it interesting that Shadrack is in favor of public shaming of those he calls "homophobes". First off, a phobia is an irrational fear. Rarely do I see real examples of irrational FEAR of homosexuals. With that said, upon what basis do people like Shadrack decide someone should be publicly shamed for not tolerating homosexuals? I'm not defending the Apple employee, by the way. That was completely uncalled for. But if Shadrack believes he's right to shame the behavior of those who are homosexuality-adverse I believe there's equal freedom for those who believe homosexual behavior is wrong to take the same approach. In other words, either neither reaction is right or both are right. Pick one.

fusi0n said,
Apple didn't call anyone a fag. Some looser at the ######ing Apple Store did.

Why are you getting so worked up over this.
Your idea of dealing with things is just by "being tolerant or just ignoring #####" ?
There is a time and place for being tolerant but seriously you should stick up for yourself man. It sounds to me like you have some confidence issues. Ignoring things is literally the complete opposite way to fix them .

Slammers said,

Why are you getting so worked up over this.
Your idea of dealing with things is just by "being tolerant or just ignoring #####" ?
There is a time and place for being tolerant but seriously you should stick up for yourself man. It sounds to me like you have some confidence issues. Ignoring things is literally the complete opposite way to fix them .


Thanks for the failed attempt to psychoanalyze me, but, I just find it very annoying when someone get's offended it and it turned into a news story. These kind of these, USUALLY just reinforce racist.

Apple didn't come out and say this man was a "fag", it was some kid at the Apple store trying to be funny.. I agree, bulling should be zero tolerance. This matter should have been handled between him and Apple. Getting media involved just starts all kinda of new lines and starts a race war.

I have great confidence, when someone calls me something that I am, or something that I am not, or just plain on bulling, I handle the matters according, but most of the time just brush it off.

Someone calling someone else a fag, through the means of an Apple receipt, shouldn't be news wary. But the media thrives on these sort of things to get people all riled up.

That's they I see it man, and I am fine with that. That's the great thing about life, not everyone has to see thing eye to eye.

fusi0n said,
omfg who cares. Why when someone get's upset by a company's wrong doing (if this is even real) does if have to make news? Yes. it's a horrible thing to happen to someone.. But, these attention grabbers are really getting old.

America, where sticks and stones that break your bones land you with a slap on the wrist. But names lead to media craziness, public shaming, loss of your job, social outcast, and death threats...

fusi0n said,
Apple didn't call anyone a fag. Some looser at the ######ing Apple Store did.

Sorry, but you're wrong.

People almost always relate the person making the statement or the writing to the company based on their employment. E.G., a CEO states this or that. The "company" didn't say anything, the person did. And, that person is a CEO of company X. Therefore, company X stated it. This website is laced with articles where a person stated something and its company logo is the image. And, 99% of the responses are about the company, not the person.

Just because the person is not a CEO he is still an employee of the company and represents it simply by association.

fusi0n said,

Then it's people like you that are holding everyone back and accepting. Causing a scene does a lot less than being tolerant
or just ignoring ######.

lol. Homophobia shouldn't be happening. Shaming those douche bags on the planet who still think that it's ok to segregate and ridicule regular people, shows other douchebags that it is not ok, and you will have your name pulled through the mud.

fusi0n said,
Apple didn't call anyone a fag. Some looser at the ######ing Apple Store did.

You represent the company you work for, in this case, Apple did call him a fag.

shockz said,

You represent the company you work for, in this case, Apple did call him a fag.


No, only if they are on Management.