iPad owner gets booted by Microsoft Store employee

One user on YouTube decided it might be funny to take his iPad over to the Microsoft Store, but shortly found himself confronted with a Microsoft Store employee and security.

The iPad user was showing off his device outside of the Microsoft Store to a gentlemen that was interested in the product, when he was approached by a Microsoft Store employee.  As the video resumes, the user in the video describes what happened.  The iPad user was given a notice to stop showcasing the iPad in-front of the Microsoft Store immediately.

Whether the video is real or fake, this isn’t the first time Microsoft showed what it thinks of Apple devices, like when Steve Ballmer pretended to step on the iPhone, or when he signed a MacBook, or when Bill Gates banned iPods and iPhones from his house.

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Typical yuppie nerd prick who goes to starbucks branded full of Apple products and fake grunge look who been using the same OS for years and still doesn't know what Terminal does.

I thought it was a free country? Will Microsoft sue someone sitting outside their store using an Ipad?

djpailo said,
I thought it was a free country? Will Microsoft sue someone sitting outside their store using an Ipad?

I was going to respond with something else, but with all the stupid comments people put in here without thinking first, I'll hold back from this and all the remaining ones.

go to school and learn something.

You should learn not to troll.

All he did was talk to a random guy about his iPad. I'll remember not to listen to music with my Ipod when entering a MS store. Otherwise I might be kicked out. It is ridiculous how MS have taken this out of proportion and how silly comments like yours are actually defending them. He has done absolutely nothing wrong. Microsoft do not own the mall. The have a lease to for a section of it. The hallway doesn't belong to them, it belongs to the contractors who own the building. So maybe you should go back to school.

-TV- said,
lol Wow, unbelievable, I'm go to an Apple store with a HP slate when it comes out

I anticipate the responses when a story about Apple Store employees kicking out a Slate owner surfaces. To be honest, I anticipate the mood of the comments to be highly agitated.

I have to give the guy an A+ for having the brass to actually walk into a Microsoft shop and show off his iPad to customers and people outside the store.

Wow, this was so staged and only meant to be provocative. What a douche loser.
I couldn't care less if they are asked to leave by an employee (booted is really way exaggerated) or not, but how stupid can you get starting an Apple promotion campaign without getting one dime for it. Steve Jobs laughs his ass off for having tools like this in his fanbase

Seeing this video, the ipad is really really thick. I own an iMac, Macbook, iPhone etc, but this will not find it's way to my home untill they make it thinner. On topic, both guys are asses. One is putting out a childish bait, and the other one is childishly biting.

I am no fanboy of any kind, but would I be booted out of MS store if I answer a phone call using my iPhone and browsing at MS products?

sohlican said,
I am no fanboy of any kind, but would I be booted out of MS store if I answer a phone call using my iPhone and browsing at MS products?

No, as long as you are not filming in the mall.

This really didn't need to be posted up.

Oh look an old man who happens to be interested in reading e-book walks past!

Security have every right to move them on.

Thing about Microsoft? They don't need douchey fags to attempt to advertise to old men.

Juz can't believe Microsoft employee would reacted that way... Com'on... it's the mall and it's open area that's more than 10 feet away from the M$ store.

The face of a sore...

WOW! That guy needs to GET a life! LOL! What a loser. It's not a funny video ... it's not interesting other than to see what people will do to waste their own time! lol.

Pathetic.

I wonder what would Apple employees do to me if I go inside with my Zune, wearing a Windows 7 tshirt and getting constant calls from my Windows Phone 7 [oif course, once it's launched] lol

astroX said,
I wonder what would Apple employees do to me if I go inside with my Zune, wearing a Windows 7 tshirt and getting constant calls from my Windows Phone 7 [oif course, once it's launched] lol

My guess is that you would be lynched by Apple iDouches.

"Yeah this is the new iPad... jailbroken within a couple of days of its release... get all your apps for free..."

Aaah, now I see Apple booting the guy.

he deserve to be kicked out
what are you don't with your ipad next to ms store except the showing off

revx said,
he deserve to be kicked out
what are you don't with your ipad next to ms store except the showing off

but he didnt get kicked out, he was given notice to quit what he was doing and that was filming in a private establishment.

anyway the whole thing was setup.

xSuRgEx said,

but he didnt get kicked out, he was given notice to quit what he was doing and that was filming in a private establishment.

anyway the whole thing was setup.


filming in private area and that mean :>

I agree with the others...seems like the old man was coached on what to say. For someone who knew nothing about the iPad...he sure knew alot.

Well I think we should all test the theory of 'bad Microsoft' from the Apple fans.

1) Get camera or camera phone, non-Apple.
2) Get Zune HD or Android Tablet or anything non-Apple.
3) Stand outside every Apple Store and when asked about the device you are showcasing, be sure to have someone film it.
4) Time how long it takes Apple to remove you from the property.
5) Film the removal and put it on Web, be sure to start a Facebook page for everyone that Apple Removes.

Ready set, go!

Better yet, get a tablet that runs windows 7 and show how you have a real computer and not just some physical device to interact with apple's market.
Show how you have usb ports and can install pretty much any app you want(not one you have to buy that was approved by apple and only available through their appstore) and how you can run more than one app at a time.

There's no way you would have time to do all that before Apple kicked you out on your butt and smashed your superior device.

thenetavenger said,
Well I think we should all test the theory of 'bad Microsoft' from the Apple fans.

1) Get camera or camera phone, non-Apple.
2) Get Zune HD or Android Tablet or anything non-Apple.
3) Stand outside every Apple Store and when asked about the device you are showcasing, be sure to have someone film it.
4) Time how long it takes Apple to remove you from the property.
5) Film the removal and put it on Web, be sure to start a Facebook page for everyone that Apple Removes.

Ready set, go!

Or we could just not descend to their level.

from the video the guy was not doing anything wrong and for one thing he was not in the ms store,man these ms noobies take things way to personal and i may not apple very much but all the guy was doing was showing off his apple product which is allowed as there is no law,the guy should countersue the ms store for being n00bish.

soldier1st said,
from the video the guy was not doing anything wrong and for one thing he was not in the ms store,man these ms noobies take things way to personal and i may not apple very much but all the guy was doing was showing off his apple product which is allowed as there is no law,the guy should countersue the ms store for being n00bish.

You should learn how to type properly, using english if you want your posts to be taken seriously. But now to the matter at hand:

1. Where I live, most malls ban the use of video cameras within their premises.
2. The guy was obviously trying his hardest to get kicked out.
3. Go into an Apple store and start telling people how the Zune HD is better than the iPod and see how fast you will get kicked out.

Hell you don't have to make this about Apple or Microsoft. Go buy a wendys meal, stand outside McDonalds and start asking people for their opinions. See what happens then.

/- Razorfold said,
1. Where I live, most malls ban the use of video cameras within their premises.
2. The guy was obviously trying his hardest to get kicked out.
3. Go into an Apple store and start telling people how the Zune HD is better than the iPod and see how fast you will get kicked out.

1. Correct.
2. Dunno about that.
3. I've evangelized FLOSS ; used Apple Hardware with GNU/Linux inside an Apple store. I frequently do this. Maybe this is a "only in America" situation.

Edited by tiagosilva29, Apr 6 2010, 12:16pm : typos and shit

Err microsoft pay rent to the mall and a guy with a camera advertising outside their store with the attempt at defacing their name and products... Ofc its reasonable for security to remove them from the vicinity...

Microsoft pays for their shop, they have a right to expect someone who is blatently advertising competitors products to be removed from their shops vicinity by the mall they pay rent to

How sad, why would you go around advertising a product just for the hell of it?
Seems like a "look what I have" nerdy, geek type move.

BAM!! pen between the eyes!

I would have bought an iPad but I would have preferred OS X on it, instead of the iPhone OS, which everything has to come from the iTunes store. Would have loved using it to browse the web, read and write small emails, etc. Love my iPhone but it's too small to browse the web on. Screen is just too small. Lets hope someone come out with a good alternative soon.

I'm an iPhone user, I love my Iphone. I'm on it right now infact. I am also a pc user, my desktop runs vista and my new lappy runs 7. I love all 3 of those things, I'm not an ms or apple fanboy. But my iPhone is better than the ipad. Why? Because I can make and receive calls and txt messages. And that's also why it's better than the iPod touch. The ipad is lame. A pointless and oversized iPod. The guy in that video is a prat, I was in selfridges once and a friend of mine was doin sonethin funny that I took a picture of, security came over and said we weren't allowed to take pictures.which seemed odd but fair. I doubt the ms store employees has much if anything to do with that. I just hate the apple and ms fan boys arguing on these comment pages! Both companies are just companies, both great in sone ways and sucky in others. Live and let live, everyone like something different. Variety is the spice of life! And to reiterate, dude in the video: you suck

-=SEDIN=- said,
I Got kicked out of Apple store for having "I'm A PC" shirt. no joke

WIN lol.

I don't get kicked out of Quicksilver for wearing a Pac Sun shirt....

andrewbares said,

I don't get kicked out of Quicksilver for wearing a Pac Sun shirt....

Well Pac Sun sells quicksilver apparel so thats a little different

Good greif making something out of nothing, you're not really allowed to just film in malls without permissions at least where I am at... that's why they have those rule sheets to give you when you do something dumb like break the malls rules

neufuse said,
Good greif making something out of nothing, you're not really allowed to just film in malls without permissions at least where I am at... that's why they have those rule sheets to give you when you do something dumb like break the malls rules

I agree, I don't even think this has to do with the iPad.

What if someone stood outside an Apple store with a laptop running Windows 7 when that first came out. I'm sure the same thing would happen. We all saw the lame ads slagging Win7 off.

Pretty sure I remember a kid buying an iPhone or something and opening it straight away only to throw it on the floor to break it in the Apple store. He got asked to leave also.

I realise that was inside the store but point stands, be an idiot around the stores and someone's probably going to do something about it.

I tried it today. Its quite heavy.
I going to stick with the iPod touch which is better for reading books -- I can hold the iPod touch in my hand while lying down to read books.

microsoft & security were in the right here. i worked at a mall for 9 years as a mechanical engineer and i know you could not bring in camera's or video cameras unless you have managements permission. of course the downside to that is every phone now has a camera and cam recording abilities. but yea, this was a staged event and im glad he got his a$$ booted.

This is an IT version of the Hatfield s v the McCoy's. There will never be a meeting of the minds between PC and Apple lovers. Wont happen. From what I have heard, it sounds like a snarky salesperson and stressed customer did some head-banging.

johnnyftw said,
LOL. reminds me of the time i changed 10 Mac computer wallpapers with a windows 7 wallpaper. god it felt good.

Lol, I've done similar. Me and my mate decided to change the Safari homepage to something that shouldn't been seen by little kiddies. Damn that was a priceless look from all 4 people then all the Mac genius's or whatever decided to crowd around it and figure out how to change the homepage.

Billus said,

Lol, I've done similar. Me and my mate decided to change the Safari homepage to something that shouldn't been seen by little kiddies. Damn that was a priceless look from all 4 people then all the Mac genius's or whatever decided to crowd around it and figure out how to change the homepage.


Allowing access of 18+ materials to minors is a crime. At least in Canada.

I'm only assuming you meant porn of course.

Whats with the last paragraph and "this isn’t the first time Microsoft showed what it thinks of Apple devices". The article paints it out to be some huge drama when the stomping one was a joke and Steve Balmer is laughing and joking in the signing one. Bill Gates deciding to not have iPods in his house is his own decision, not MS's which has already been shown to have a large Apple products user base.

In any event, who cares. The kids gone there intentionally to stir crap so he got what he deserves. They had security with them so obviously the mall staff felt whatever he was doing was out of lines also.

as edited as it is they probably provoked them to call security and we wont see that part because they want to look like they are the good guys, everyone thinks microsoft is so bad. Well something to be said about all companies they are in it for the money. Companies in general are bad to a point.

At my mall, competitors are not allowed to advertise within 25 meters of each others stores. Competitors include amateurs trying to advertise a product they really like infront of that products competitor.

Most stores who rent retail space can control what transpires outside their stores. What if this guy was there for an hour or two?

Microsoft has every right to do this, really. It's their store and threatens their business. Though the iPad is no threat, really.

Owenw said,
Microsoft has every right to do this, really. It's their store and threatens their business. Though the iPad is no threat, really.

+1

Owenw said,
Microsoft has every right to do this, really. It's their store and threatens their business. Though the iPad is no threat, really.

Read this. This was from one and a half years ago:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=690432

I'm not entirely sure if Apple Store employees told the Microsoft guys to scram, but if they did not, my point still stands: what happened in this case is highly hypocritical of that Microsoft Store employee.

.Neo said,
Since when does a company have anything to say about stuff happing outside of their store?

Ever heard of the Mosquito ringtone? That originated from a store where they wanted to prevent teenagers from loitering outside of their store. They didn't want the teens hanging out in front of their store, so they played an annoyingly-high pitched sound that only younger people could hear.

.Neo said,
Since when does a company have anything to say about stuff happing outside of their store?

since always.. and may i add, thank god!

Owenw said,
Microsoft has every right to do this, really. It's their store and threatens their business. Though the iPad is no threat, really.

I love Apple, but +1 to "iPad is no threat" - I do agree. However, no, Microsoft does NOT have ANY right to do this, the mall does. Microsoft just complained to mall security because they're butt hurt.

andrewbares said,

Ever heard of the Mosquito ringtone? That originated from a store where they wanted to prevent teenagers from loitering outside of their store. They didn't want the teens hanging out in front of their store, so they played an annoyingly-high pitched sound that only younger people could hear.

That's different. That is clearly causing problems and inconvenience to other customers. How exactly is a cameraman filming a guy holding a competitor's product an uncomfortable distraction for other customers?

The point I'm getting at is that if it was okay for Microsoft to pull off that stunt, then surely this case should be okay. Read that BPN thread I linked - the majority of commenters (including myself at the time) did not condemn MS for their actions. I didn't see a pip about Apple telling them to get lost. Nevermind that in the previous case, it was CLEARLY Microsoft or contracted by MS employees - NOT enthusiasts or zealots - who set up shop a little too close to their competitors. So why is it all of a sudden that the MS Store employees cannot do what the Apple Store employees did a year ago - just ignore them?

Mind boggling if you ask me.

Edited by Denis W., Apr 5 2010, 11:10pm :

rm20010 said,

That's different. That is clearly causing problems and inconvenience to other customers. How exactly is a cameraman filming a guy holding a competitor's product an uncomfortable distraction for other customers?

The point I'm getting at is that if it was okay for Microsoft to pull off that stunt, then surely this case should be okay. Read that BPN thread I linked - the majority of commenters (including myself at the time) did not condemn MS for their actions. I didn't see a pip about Apple telling them to get lost. Nevermind that in the previous case, it was CLEARLY Microsoft or contracted by MS employees - NOT enthusiasts or zealots - who set up shop a little too close to their competitors. So why is it all of a sudden that the MS Store employees cannot do what the Apple Store employees did a year ago - just ignore them?

Mind boggling if you ask me.

Microsoft paid for the advertising space outside of the Apple store. This guy didn't pay for a filming license/recieve permission to film in the mall.

andrewbares said,

Microsoft paid for the advertising space outside of the Apple store. This guy didn't pay for a filming license/recieve permission to film in the mall.

Hmm. Fair enough.

I still think this was totally unnecessary though, the whole taking action bit, unless there were things snipped out of the video.

andrewbares said,

Ever heard of the Mosquito ringtone? That originated from a store where they wanted to prevent teenagers from loitering outside of their store. They didn't want the teens hanging out in front of their store, so they played an annoyingly-high pitched sound that only younger people could hear.

18000 hz....

It is known that you're not allowed to shoot video in a mall like that, and that is most likely the reason they were asked to leave. It's best not to twist this in to something it isn't.
I've been kicked out of malls for shooting as well, except we were using pro-cameras for a few scenes in of of our films.

unkdirkpitt said,
It is known that you're not allowed to shoot video in a mall like that, and that is most likely the reason they were asked to leave. It's best not to twist this in to something it isn't.
I've been kicked out of malls for shooting as well, except we were using pro-cameras for a few scenes in of of our films.

+1

This has little to nothing to do with Microsoft. You'd get kicked out if you were advertising a competitors clothing outside a clothing store.

FacialTurd said,
This has little to nothing to do with Microsoft. You'd get kicked out if you were advertising a competitors clothing outside a clothing store.

sSSSh...don't tell the fanboys that...apple nerds ALWAYS have to be right...supreme lord and high ruler Jobs demands it.

jingarelho said,
i guess the old man was on it from the beginning... what apps... what price...

"...i definitely would read books on that..." - or something like that..... yeah right...

GetUsed2It said,

"...i definitely would read books on that..." - or something like that..... yeah right...

Clearly.

Reading books on a device with an LCD screen is annoying at best.

cybertimber2008 said,
LED. L-E-D. Get it right. It's TOTALLY different

LCD. L-C-D screen. LED. L-E-D Backlit. Get it right before you correct someone else. It's a LED Backlit IPS LCD screen on the iPad.

Edited by Jebadiah, Apr 6 2010, 1:23am :

MioTheGreat said,

Reading books on a device with an LCD screen is annoying at best.

I prefer it to a paper book or eInk reader, but I'm weird like that I guess.

Elliott said,

I prefer it to a paper book or eInk reader, but I'm weird like that I guess.

That makes little to no sense. You may 'prefer' it, but you're making your eyes working much harder. Direct light sources like backlit LCDs, OLEDs, VFDs, LED arrays, etc. are a well documented and understood strain on the eyes. The best kind of displays for eye strain are reflective, like eink, paper, certain kinds of unbacklit LCDs, etc.

cybertimber2008 said,
LED. L-E-D. Get it right. It's TOTALLY different

Uh-huh. Go on. Try to correct the microelectronics engineer about this stuff. You're totally going to be the right one.

Edited by Mordkanin, Apr 6 2010, 1:16pm :

Jebadiah said,

LCD. L-C-D screen. LED. L-E-D Backlit. Get it right before you correct someone else. It's a LED Backlit IPS LCD screen on the iPad.

WIZ BANG SHAPOW! thank you man I really am starting to wonder for the collective intelligence level on this site....

Didn't Microsoft try setting up 'I'm a PC' stands outside Apple stores?

If so, kinda hypocritical for them to take this stance.

rm20010 said,
Didn't Microsoft try setting up 'I'm a PC' stands outside Apple stores?

If so, kinda hypocritical for them to take this stance.

Well, if they paid the mall owners for such advertising space, then they were well within their right to do so, no?

Some shill filming competitor shenanigans outside your establishment? Eh. That's grounds to get rid of them.

Edited by Mordkanin, Apr 6 2010, 12:14am :

Well, if in front of my Internet Café there were someone standing and showing people where to get Internet access elsewhere, I'd for sure ask him to leave also or make him leave. One way or another.

Nothing special here.

Yes, I know, Microsoft doesn't sell anything iPad-alike, but still. Same kind of business.

Islander said,
Well, if in front of my Internet Café there were someone standing and showing people where to get Internet access elsewhere, I'd for sure ask him to leave also or make him leave. One way or another.

Nothing special here.

Yes, I know, Microsoft doesn't sell anything iPad-alike, but still. Same kind of business.

+1!! especially with the camera and all...

Why not show the whole video? Also thought it was funny that they couldn't print what they made on the thing - how would they get it off of it? Also - why on earth are they doing "this kind of marketing" in the first place? Do they work for Apple or something?

JonathanMarston said,
Why not show the whole video? Also thought it was funny that they couldn't print what they made on the thing - how would they get it off of it? Also - why on earth are they doing "this kind of marketing" in the first place? Do they work for Apple or something?

LOL! Exactly! I don't think Apple needs their help with advertising...

.Neo said,
I think it's pretty hilarious how Microsoft reacts to stuff like this.

an emplyee reacted - impulsively - not microsoft

plus lets not forget they were filming.. which is NOT okay especially if you do these setups with the "old guy" who'd DEFINITELY read books on that... yeah right....

Edited by GetUsed2It, Apr 5 2010, 11:41pm : added a thought

.Neo said,
I think it's pretty hilarious how Microsoft reacts to stuff like this.
You betcha! Redmond called over right away and made sure this happened... whats that you say? oh no, it wasn't just some individual who WORKED for microsofts stores, this came directly from Steve balmer... This is CORPORATE POLICY you betcha!

/sarcasm

Fake, Old man :"What apps come with that" not being sterotypical, but i doubt many men his age would know about "apps" probably all setup.

mikemyres said,
Fake, Old man :"What apps come with that" not being sterotypical, but i doubt many men his age would know about "apps" probably all setup.
I'd say so considering they didn't show the confrontation, but old people aren't that naive The iPhone has been around for awhile they know what "apps" are!

mikemyres said,
Fake, Old man :"What apps come with that" not being sterotypical, but i doubt many men his age would know about "apps" probably all setup.

+1 totally agree

mikemyres said,
Fake, Old man :"What apps come with that" not being sterotypical, but i doubt many men his age would know about "apps" probably all setup.

Indeed, that was so faked.

mikemyres said,
Fake, Old man :"What apps come with that" not being sterotypical, but i doubt many men his age would know about "apps" probably all setup.

Maybe he's a real techy oldman

mikemyres said,
Fake, Old man :"What apps come with that" not being sterotypical, but i doubt many men his age would know about "apps" probably all setup.

i dont think he was fake. notice the pause when told the price of the ipad. lol

he was thinking "f that!".

Edited by SimplySchizo, Apr 6 2010, 5:55am :

I think the guy is being an ass, no doubt. I wish I had that kind of free time (but I wouldn't be doing that with it if I did).

Shadrack said,
I think the guy is being an ass, no doubt. I wish I had that kind of free time (but I wouldn't be doing that with it if I did).
Hope you meant the owner? I'd hardly consider the guy in the video being an ass. I can't count how many times I've had someone random come up to me and ask about the iPhone. Like him, I was happy to give a little tour/explanation. More so when hot women asked me than old dudes

Xero said,
Hope you meant the owner? I'd hardly consider the guy in the video being an ass. I can't count how many times I've had someone random come up to me and ask about the iPhone. Like him, I was happy to give a little tour/explanation. More so when hot women asked me than old dudes

With the video camcorder armed and ready for the scene...right? The guy is clearly looking to stir up a scene. It obviously worked..look, its posted here .

Shadrack said,

With the video camcorder armed and ready for the scene...right? The guy is clearly looking to stir up a scene. It obviously worked..look, its posted here .

From that perspective yea, but I still wouldn't say he's an "ass" maybe if he told the old guy to **** off and buy his own maybe

Xero said,
From that perspective yea, but I still wouldn't say he's an "ass" maybe if he told the old guy to **** off and buy his own maybe

Ok, fair enough .

Xero said,
From that perspective yea, but I still wouldn't say he's an "ass" maybe if he told the old guy to **** off and buy his own maybe

I would call him a dumbass instead of an ass because he's doing marketing for Apple without even getting paid. Stupid stupid stupid...

And why did he cut off the last part of the video - the scene where he gets kicked out by MS Store people? Security didn't even arrive at that point.

Edited by Jebadiah, Apr 6 2010, 1:12am :

Shadrack said,
I think the guy is being an ass, no doubt. I wish I had that kind of free time (but I wouldn't be doing that with it if I did).

These guys really are losers. Here's another video of them purposely going around public places, and positioning themselves so people will notice their iPad, and allow these curious bystanders to play around with it, because they pathetic asses hope to get these people to buy or encourage others to buy an iPad from their beloved company. It's just plain sick. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...3TkDynU&feature=channel

Shadrack said,
I think the guy is being an ass, no doubt. I wish I had that kind of free time (but I wouldn't be doing that with it if I did).

idk why hes suprised, i would kick an ipad owner off my property to