Protestors plan to show up at U.S. Apple Retail Stores on iPad launch day

“Protestors are planning at assemble at some Apple Stores in Washington, DC’s Georgetown, New York City, and San Francisco this Friday, presumably in anticipation of the new iPad’s release,” Mike Schramm reports for TUAW.

“These campaigns are being run from by Mark Shields… [who] says he’s an Apple fan who wants assurance that Apple isn’t using underpaid and overworked Chinese laborers to make its products,” Schramm reports. “Apple has already taken steps to ensure that its workers aren’t treated poorly. Shields admitted, via press release, that auditing supplier factories and raising worker pay are good moves.”

Schramm reports, “It’s still unclear exactly what Shields wants… Without a clearly-defined definition of what Apple should do for those workers, it’s hard to see these protests as anything more than noise around the iPad’s already big launch.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shields probably wants a new iPad and, as any good slacktivist would, is simply trying to combine sitting in line with a couple more hours of meaningless “protest” against whatever “evil” he’s concocted in his mind.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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        1. Please try to use at least two or three of your low supply of brain cells and not just erupt into screaming vitriolic name-calling every time does something you don’t agree with.

          Perhaps try making an actual point, with a little bit of logic and some rationality.

          (I also disagree with this protest, by the way. I disagree with brainless hatred even more.)

            1. A particularly stupid comment, because I’m not anything remotely close to Marxist or left wing. Hence the knee-jerk brainlessness of such “views” is illuminated. In fact, my own views on some topics would be characterized by the left as extremely RIGHT wing. I have a range of views that don’t fit into one unthinking pigeonhole, because I actually think — for myself.

        2. So a pirate walked into a bar, and the bartender said, “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible.”

          “What do you mean?” said the pirate, “I feel fine.”

          “What about the wooden leg? You didn’t have that before.”

          “Well,” said the pirate, “We were in a battle, and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I’m fine now.”
          The bartender replied, “Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened to your hand?”

          The pirate explained, “We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook but I’m fine, really.”

          “What about that eye patch?”

          “Oh,” said the pirate, “One day we were at sea, and a flock of birds flew over. I looked up, and one of them shit in my eye.”

          “You’re kidding,” said the bartender. “You couldn’t lose an eye just from bird shit.”

          “It was my first day with me hook.”

  1. Weak, Mark. What, no protests at Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Intel, Toshiba, Visio, Samsung, Motorola, or Amazon? They use FoxConn facilities too, just like Apple. What’s that you say? There’s no valuable publicity in that?


    1. Now that the slacktavista has gotten assurances from Apple, it is now time for him to go elsewhere. Many of the major computer, phone, and tablet makers also use Foxcon. Time to protest ten, if he is really serious about making a change. 🙂

  2. Does accomplish anything besides trolling for $ and giving emo kid’s and earthy crunchie granola eating bitches a platform to feel important?

    It seems to me they are trying to be like the ACLU but instead of holding to set of principles (even when you don’t agree with them you gotta like what they stand for) they are just trying to be like the little kids at sporting events that act a fool hoping the camera will pan to them.

  3. F*sk these idiots.


    Foxconn has increased their wages 3 times since since 2010. The last increase was up to 25%.

    Bunch of emotionally retarded self-righteous do-gooders, always jumping from one cause to the next.

      1. Individually, yes.
        Collectively, the über-left’s entire mantra is based solely on their ignorance of reality.

        This article is the tip of the proof-berg.
        There have already been other stories, and there will be many more.

        The irony is that it was business as usual when Exxon, Wal-Mart, Haliburton, Pfizer, and Sarah Palin were castigated….but now it has been turned on Apple.

        It’s time to reap what you, like, so…..

  4. I’d like to kick his ass. The morons send me e-mails asking me to sign their petition!!! I don’t care if one of their pet peeves is world peace, they ruin their credibility with this nonsense! Why aren’t they picketing Best Buy or the (ugh) Microsoft Store? Cretins. An embarrassment to us all.

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