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hej
2021-08-20 9:14:02 AM  
I assume subs wants Apple to open up the retail stores entirely unattended and let people take $3,000 laptops on the honor system.
 
2021-08-20 9:22:16 AM  
Based on the lines outside, they're being pretty strict about occupancy in the stores near me.

But I live in a Libby Lib Lib state. Mask mandates have recently been lifted for some areas, but most establishments "Strongly Encourage" masks for everyone, and some still require them. No, this is not a violation of your "coontstitushinal Rites". It is an extension of the "No Shirt? No Shoes? No Service!" policy we've accepted for decades.
 
2021-08-20 9:33:53 AM  
Maybe subby expects them to allow the workers to control robots from home? Apple would be the type of company to try that.
 
2021-08-20 10:09:12 AM  
And who should pay the Retail employees should they not show up to work? Sure. Apple can afford to, but how about other companies?
 
2021-08-20 10:15:38 AM  
Wasn't Apple one of the first companies to take retail employees out of the stores and latest to put them back in when Covid first started? They also have been restarting mask mandates in their stores even to vaccinated customers.

Not trying to be an Apple fan boi, because there is plenty to criticize them for, just that in terms of treatment of their retail employees during the pandemic they seemed to have been one of the better companies.
 
2021-08-20 10:17:46 AM  

hej: I assume subs wants Apple to open up the retail stores entirely unattended and let people take $3,000 laptops on the honor system.


A local farm does that with eggs.  Coolers filled with eggs and a metal box for payments (or Venmo, should you prefer paying digitally).  Works well enough that they've been in business for years.

I can't see that working with high-priced electronics in a big city, though.
 
2021-08-20 10:24:59 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: hej: I assume subs wants Apple to open up the retail stores entirely unattended and let people take $3,000 laptops on the honor system.

A local farm does that with eggs.  Coolers filled with eggs and a metal box for payments (or Venmo, should you prefer paying digitally).  Works well enough that they've been in business for years.

I can't see that working with high-priced electronics in a big city, though.


Why not in a big city? Hmm. What's wrong with urban people?
 
2021-08-20 10:31:11 AM  
They've actually been testing letting some retail staff work from home and assisting customers online.

At this point, aren't the stores mainly used for picking up purchased equipment and leaving off broken? I mean, how many people really make the decision to buy an iPhone because they went into an apple store and held a few models? It seems like they could convert entirely to pickup and drop-off sites.
 
2021-08-20 10:34:30 AM  

Athanaric: Maybe subby expects them to allow the workers to control robots from home? Apple would be the type of company to try that.


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2021-08-20 10:58:27 AM  

H31N0US: Based on the lines outside, they're being pretty strict about occupancy in the stores near me.

But I live in a Libby Lib Lib state. Mask mandates have recently been lifted for some areas, but most establishments "Strongly Encourage" masks for everyone, and some still require them. No, this is not a violation of your "coontstitushinal Rites". It is an extension of the "No Shirt? No Shoes? No Service!" policy we've accepted for decades.


Lines are good for business

It makes the thick ones think there is something of value inside
 
2021-08-20 11:06:05 AM  

ColonelCathcart: The Crepes of Wrath: hej: I assume subs wants Apple to open up the retail stores entirely unattended and let people take $3,000 laptops on the honor system.

A local farm does that with eggs.  Coolers filled with eggs and a metal box for payments (or Venmo, should you prefer paying digitally).  Works well enough that they've been in business for years.

I can't see that working with high-priced electronics in a big city, though.

Why not in a big city? Hmm. What's wrong with urban people?


Aside from urban areas having higher crime rates than rural?  Nothing.

There are still plenty of people around here who don't bother to lock their doors when they leave their home.  Can't say that would be the wisest choice in the two big cities where I spent most of my adult life (Cleveland and Philadelphia) before moving here.
 
2021-08-20 11:43:56 AM  

hej: I assume subs wants Apple to open up the retail stores entirely unattended and let people take $3,000 laptops on the honor system.


Nonono.  I am assuming he wants to just lay them all off and close the stores, maybe?
 
2021-08-20 12:19:38 PM  

Athanaric: Maybe subby expects them to allow the workers to control robots from home? Apple would be the type of company to try that.


They could pay them better. Just a thought.
 
2021-08-20 12:35:09 PM  
If Apple does right for their retail employees like enforcing max customer numbers in the store and mandating masks for all, and paying the employees "hazard pay", then that's reasonable. I wish that it were possible for everyone who wanted to work from home, could. But sometimes it's not possible.
 
2021-08-20 12:49:21 PM  
Linux_Yes:
Lines are good for business

It makes the thick ones think there is something of value inside


Every nightclub owner ever already knows this trick.
 
2021-08-20 1:30:54 PM  

austerity101: Athanaric: Maybe subby expects them to allow the workers to control robots from home? Apple would be the type of company to try that.

They could pay them better. Just a thought.


Every sit at home lazy apple stock owner just threw up in their mouths.

How could you!!
 
2021-08-20 1:31:49 PM  

skinink: If Apple does right for their retail employees like enforcing max customer numbers in the store and mandating masks for all, and paying the employees "hazard pay", then that's reasonable. I wish that it were possible for everyone who wanted to work from home, could. But sometimes it's not possible.


Using anything besides Linux is a hazard
 
2021-08-20 2:14:33 PM  

ssaoi: Athanaric: Maybe subby expects them to allow the workers to control robots from home? Apple would be the type of company to try that.

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This reference made my day.
 
2021-08-20 2:15:33 PM  

austerity101: Athanaric: Maybe subby expects them to allow the workers to control robots from home? Apple would be the type of company to try that.

They could pay them better. Just a thought.


I don't disagree there.
 
2021-08-20 2:38:04 PM  
It was around xmas time shopping. But getting a iWatch from the Apple store was pretty much 'safe'
That was 9 months ago. You placed your order online with pickup or delivery option, the employee was behind glass and shoved your order in a safety box to you. They didn't have 'display' area open to the public with high touch stuff.

These employees where probably safer than Best Buy, or Walmart.
 
2021-08-20 3:10:29 PM  
The store in Charleston SC is closed until monday because of covid exposure.  They're still paying the employees to not work, which is pretty decent of them.
 
2021-08-20 3:22:34 PM  

skinink: If Apple does right for their retail employees like enforcing max customer numbers in the store and mandating masks for all, and paying the employees "hazard pay", then that's reasonable. I wish that it were possible for everyone who wanted to work from home, could. But sometimes it's not possible.


How about just paying them more, period? They were already underpaid. Paying them more just because of the pandemic isn't good enough.
 
2021-08-20 3:51:51 PM  

thornhill: They've actually been testing letting some retail staff work from home and assisting customers online.

At this point, aren't the stores mainly used for picking up purchased equipment and leaving off broken? I mean, how many people really make the decision to buy an iPhone because they went into an apple store and held a few models? It seems like they could convert entirely to pickup and drop-off sites.


Not really. In the before times, the Apple Store in downtown Portland was usually packed with people trying out devices and computers. If I was going to spend as much as Apple charges for their iStuff, I'd want to try before I buy.
 
2021-08-20 4:45:26 PM  
This headline is proof that Submitter has a quota of anti-Apple headlines to meet. No other reason to whine about this minor story.
 
2021-08-20 5:55:42 PM  
JFC businesses, stop "postponing" return to office, just let people work from home indefinitely if they want to. I don't need a commute, shiatty overhead fluorescent lighting or the sounds of people slurping coffee in between pointless banter to do my job. If the extroverts want to go back and jack each other off over how great they are, have at it.
 
2021-08-20 6:04:35 PM  

austerity101: Athanaric: Maybe subby expects them to allow the workers to control robots from home? Apple would be the type of company to try that.

They could pay them better. Just a thought.


Apple started paying retail staff 15 bucks an hour ten years ago.

The customer facing tech support staff made double that.
 
2021-08-20 6:31:34 PM  

ColonelCathcart: And who should pay the Retail employees should they not show up to work? Sure. Apple can afford to, but how about other companies?


The unvaccinated. They're prolonging this pandemic, so they should pay for it.
 
2021-08-20 6:32:21 PM  

hej: I assume subs wants Apple to open up the retail stores entirely unattended and let people take $3,000 laptops on the honor system.


Worked great last summer.
 
2021-08-21 3:15:11 PM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: thornhill: They've actually been testing letting some retail staff work from home and assisting customers online.

At this point, aren't the stores mainly used for picking up purchased equipment and leaving off broken? I mean, how many people really make the decision to buy an iPhone because they went into an apple store and held a few models? It seems like they could convert entirely to pickup and drop-off sites.

Not really. In the before times, the Apple Store in downtown Portland was usually packed with people trying out devices and computers. If I was going to spend as much as Apple charges for their iStuff, I'd want to try before I buy.


Again, my argument is that with such expensive devices, the people who were trying stuff out and then bought already decided that they were going to buy ahead of time, and touching the product was just a way to feel good about spending so much money. And they'll still buy the product even if they cannot hold it first.

All of the other people - they had zero intention of buying and were just there to play with the apple products to pass time.

In other words, trips to the Apple store aren't like a clothing store where you go in with no agenda, but if something catches your eye, you make an impulse purchase.
 
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