“A man celebrated victory today after a judge ordered tech giant Apple to pay him £1,200 compensation for destroying his honeymoon photos,” Richard Smith reports for the Mirror. “Newly-wed Deric White was furious when snaps of him and bride Maria,50, in the Seychelles were wiped from his iPhone 5. The pictures were deleted by technical staff in the “genius bar” at Apple’s flagship London store while they were fixing a fault in the phone.”
“The judge ruled Apple were ‘negligent.’ Jubilant Deric, 68, said after the case: “They have dragged me through the mud for this. It’s a victory for the common man who sought to stand up against multi-national corporation,'” Smith reports. “Photos of African rhinos and elephants and a video of a giant tortoise biting Deric’s hand were wiped from the phone along with pictures from his £7,500 honeymoon and the details of contacts accumulated over 15 years.”
“Property manager Deric told the London County Court: ‘”I was absolutely livid and my wife had been in tears. We had beautiful pictures of the Seychelles and other pictures as well. All my contacts had gone and they had vandalised my phone. They knew they had done this and send me on my way. This is where my anger is – they sent me on my way like an imbecile,'” Smith reports. “Deric, from Pimlico, London, initially demanded £7,000 compensation from Apple but later offered to settle for a new computer screen and printer, worth around £1,000. But Apple refused to resolve the issue out of court.”
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MacDailyNews Take: They only treated him like an imbecile because someone who is explicitly told by an Apple Store employee that their data is at risk if work is performed and who hasn’t ever backed up their iPhone, yet still hands it over, is an imbecile.
The claimant made the affirmative decision to take the phone into the Apple store in Regent Street to have the phone serviced or repaired. In doing that, he made the decision to hand the phone over to them knowing the iPhone was not backed up and the pictures and videos were therefore at risk. It’s the defendant’s case he did warn Mr. White in restoring the phone the data was in jeopardy, they couldn’t guarantee its integrity. It is something we inform all customers of before they carry out any action on phones or iPads. — Apple’s lawyer Victoria Nottage
Yet another bullet fired into the rotting carcass of personal responsibility. Once again “society” coddles the imbecile, protects him from blame, insulates him from fault, ignores his laziness, and even rewards him for his own irresponsible, mindless, bumptious stupidity.
Apple made a mistake by not settling. Apple needs to realize that, in 2015, common sense is dead. Idiots abound, even and especially on the bench. Therefore, Apple needs to stop trusting in institutions to do the proper thing.
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UK iPhone owner demands compensation claiming Apple ‘wiped away his life’ – November 30, 2015