1. Apple staff caught stealing explicit pictures from customers’ phones.
Apple staff have been caught stealing personal photos from customers’ phones – including illicit images.
The staff have also been involved in a phone-sharing ring with images they took of female staff and customers to rank their bodies.
The Courier Mail reports more than 100 close-up and explicit photos were taken of female staff and customers without their knowledge and photographs were also lifted from some Apple customers’ phones.
It is understood the photo sharing started at the Carindale Apple store in Brisbane but may involve staff at other stores throughout Australia.
Four male staff members at the Carindale store have been sacked over the photo scandal.
One Apple staff member told The Courier-Mail: “They’ve been taking pictures of them (customers) in store, taking pics off their phones and taking pictures of female staff members.”
“One person would take a photo and add it to the chat and others would give the person or their butt or their boobs a rating out of 10 and they would add their own side commentary.
“Everyone feels uncomfortable and the female staff don’t know how to feel because the leadership won’t tell staff who is involved.”
Apple confirmed the Carindale store was being investigated.
“Apple believe in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behaviour that goes against our values,” said a statement provided to The Courier Mail.
“We are investigating a violation of Apple’s business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings.”
2. Warriena Wright’s blood alcohol level could have been as high as 0.28 when she fell to her death.
Brisbane’s supreme court has heard that New Zealander Warriena Wright could have had a blood alcohol level as high as 0.28 when she died.
Yesterday, text messages between Wright and Gable Tostee were tendered to the court including lines like “You look delicious, I want to do dirty things to you” and “Can you be a freak in the sheets Cletes?”.
Wright and Tostee met on the dating app, Tinder, and exchanged messages for three days before meeting up in Surfer’s Paradise before they went back to his apartment with a six pack of beer.
The crown alleges that after an argument, Tostee forced Wright onto his balcony and she was so scared of him she tried to escape, falling off the side. Tostee has pleaded not guilty.
Phone records in court yesterday showed that the 30-year-old did not call triple-zero after Ms Wright plunged to her death, but the first call Tostee made was to criminal law firm Potts Lawyers at 2.21am, about a minute after the 26-year-old New Zealander had fallen.
Instead of calling Triple O he paced around the Gold Coast entertainment precinct for an hour and bought pizza from Domino’s Pizza, reports Fairfax Media.
3. Sydney schoolboy beheading plot.
Two schoolboys arrested yesterday in Sydney had planned to behead someone and were arrested just hours after they allegedly bought two bayonets at a gun shop.
The Daily Telegraph reports that one of the boys is the son of a convicted terrorist.
The two 16-year-olds allegedly also had pieces of paper with religious statements written on them that were to be read out while they carried out a beheading.