Best Buy Firing Employee Because He Makes A Funny Video That Doesn't Even Mention Best Buy

from the no-sense-of-humor dept

There’s an amusing text-to-speech animated video making the rounds (I’ve been sent it half a dozen times already) mocking iPhone-obsessed buyers going into stores and not caring that phones like the HTC Evo might have better specs, because they just “want an iPhone.” It’s amusing (though, probably not safe for work from an audio standpoint — so wear headphones, or work with cool people):

Well over a million people have seen it. It’s definitely gone viral. But that, of course, doesn’t make it a story worth mentioning here.

What does is Best Buy’s incredible stupidity about the video. Wait, you might ask, what does the video have to do with Best Buy? In the video the store is called “Phone Mart,” and there’s no mention of Best Buy at all. There’s absolutely nothing about the video that would have you thinking about Best Buy. Until now.

Andrew F points us to the news that the creator of the video actually works at Best Buy — even though pretty much everyone who watched the video had no idea. And now, Best Buy upper management was so afraid that Apple/AT&T might get upset at the idea that Best Buy was mocking the iPhone that it suspended the guy who made it and are in the process of firing him. Yes, despite the fact that no one was associating this video with Best Buy, Best Buy decided to do the one and only thing that would suddenly associate this video with Best Buy in a way that is not, at all, flattering to Best Buy. If it was afraid of how this video would look for Best Buy, it probably should have considered how much worse firing the guy who made it looks.

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Concierge19146 (profile) says:

Re: Re: What Service

I agree with Senshikaze about BB treating every customer poorly. If I want customer service I shop at a local (non-chain) retailer and have also found that some Staples stores have good service.

Anywho, getting back to BB – I generally use the place as a showroom – go and look – buy elsewhere – generally through Amazon. I bring a tech friend if I actually need to buy anything there because getting assistance is darn near impossible.

I really cannot fathom why they felt the need to draw the line between the Apple and the Orangutan (or your choice of two completely unrelated items) as absolutely no one would have cared that the guy worked for Best Buy versus anywhere else.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: First Admendment Issue?

I think that whistle blower like laws, the ability to be protected even if you talk bad about something, should be in place. Otherwise no one will be allowed to have an opinion without having to worry about losing their jobs, or else they have to be anonymous or otherwise hide their opinion on certain matters. I do think that freedom of speech should be extended to some extent to partly include employers who fire employees for merely disagreeing with the employers outside of work. Of course, calling your boss a jerk to his face could permit your boss to fire you. I think it’s a very fine line between political speech/general opinion and harassment of an individual or unduly offending an individual?

I know whistle blower laws only apply to reporting things that are illegal but I don’t think laws should be presumed to dictate ethics and protections should extend beyond just the law.

Kris says:

Re: Re: First Admendment Issue?

Since the 1st amendment has been incorporated via the 14th, state, county, city govt’s are affected as well as the federal. Freedom of speech has been raised to the moral high ground of a basic fundamental right. This means that NO ONE can deny it.

I don’t know about other videos he’s made or not, but if this is the only one prior to firing, and the creation was done entirely on his own time and equipment, he has a case, and it’s one BB can’t win.

If there are others that BB could legitly dismiss over? He can have fun slamming them in future videos. I look forward to them.

Russell says:

Re: First Admendment Issue?

The first amendment only applies to laws, not how businesses operate. Just as you cannot go to work naked (for most jobs) and claim it is a first amendment issue. You cannot end every sentence at work with “am I right, fucktards?” and claim it is a first amendment issue. Best Buy will lose no money for this. This will never become a mainstream story.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: First Admendment Issue?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Are you saying Best Buy is now government? Sorry but many states are even “at will” employment” meaning they don’t even need a reason to fire you.

And before you reply with, “so it’s ok for Best Buy to decide to fire him because he’s black/a woman/muslim”, creating a YouTube video is not a protected class.

bill says:

Re: best commercial for an evo ever

Rofl, the EVO is a hunk of shit and Sprints 4g network isnt even available on 99% of their towers. Last i checked PC world just trashed Sprint in a review of the 4 networks and rated ATT as the fastest in each market by a metric fuckton. Nice try tho…. Calling the sprint network a 4g network is kind of like calling your shitty 1995 v6 mustang a sports car……

fail.

roy tang says:

Re: Re: best commercial for an evo ever

Lol, I work for att and your comments made me laugh. I get pretty tired of all the population falling for bullshit adds like verizons and sprints. both of their cdma networks are slower than molasses yet they lie constantly about their speeds. I have a sprint phone store acrossed the parking lot from me at work and have compared my iphone 3g to the EVO and it still smashes it when i log on to the net. I pissed off the employees pretty bad when i showed them how far off their advertising claims they are. They asked me to leave the store and 2 of their customers followed me back and ordered iphone 4s. Haha to sprints failboat of a network.

Matthew Stinar (profile) says:

Reaction = Spotlight

I would have had no idea this guy worked for Best Buy nor would I have associated this video with Best Buy in any way had they not fired him. Had they simply left him alone, I would have had a good laugh and gone on my merry way without ever thinking once about Best Buy.

Best Buy, welcome to the Internet. It’s the future, so get used to it.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Problem with this sentence

“Recheck your humor sensors. It was a joke.”

Well. Thank god because I thought you had an MBA in labor relations. Tell me, do you ever find it difficult to transition between blogging and being an insult comedian? You should be honest and tell us that Dennis wrote that joke. So Har-har. Who wants to argue?

You are dumb says:

Re: Problem with this sentence

That’s odd, does it say to quit your job?

no it says “though, probably not safe for work from an audio standpoint — so wear headphones, or work with cool people”

meaning don’t watch the thing at work unless you work in a place that doesn’t mind this kind of language. Don’t just pick out one part of a statement. You will end up looking like a tool.

John Doe says:

Hilarious

That is the most funny video I have seen in a long time. I saw it a couple days ago for the first time and had to watch it a couple times over it was so funny. Too bad Best Buy has no sense of humor. This sets a really bad precedent where nobody is allowed to have a voice unless they company they work for gives it to them.

Anonymous Coward says:

Keeping Apple Happy is hard work. But here's why it's needed.

We all know that the real reason why Best Buy needs to maintain the Apple Account is because Microsoft is paying Best Buy for sales metrics and knowledge gathering on the backend.

If Best Buy looses the Apple account, then Microsoft won’t know what’s wrong with its products. So the whole cycle of life depends on making sure that wheel is greased, and making sure that Apple remains happy, which makes Steve Ballmer happy.

I verified this on Google. Look it up yourself. It’s all true.

Anonymous Coward says:

Keeping Apple Happy is hard work. But here's why it's needed.

We all know that the real reason why Best Buy needs to maintain the Apple Account is because Microsoft is paying Best Buy for Apple knowledge on the backend.

So here’s how it works– if Best Buy looses the Apple account, then Microsoft won’t know what’s wrong with its products. So the whole cycle of life depends on making sure that wheel is greased, and making sure that Apple remains happy, which makes Steve Ballmer happy.

I verified this on Google. Look it up yourself. It’s all true.

Anonymous Coward says:

Keeping Apple Happy is hard work. But here's why it's needed.

We all know that the real reason why Best Buy needs to maintain the Apple Account is because Microsoft is paying Best Buy for Apple knowledge on the backend.

So here’s how it works– if Best Buy looses the Apple account, then Microsoft won’t know what’s wrong with its products. So the whole cycle of life depends on making sure that wheel is greased, and making sure that Apple remains happy, which makes Steve Ballmer happy.

I verified this on Google. Look it up yourself. It’s all true.

Anonymous Coward says:

Why Best Buy needs the Apple Account.

We all know that the real reason why Best Buy needs to maintain the Apple Account is because Microsoft is paying Best Buy for Apple knowledge on the backend.

So here’s how it works– if Best Buy looses the Apple account, then Microsoft won’t know what’s wrong with its products. So the whole cycle of life depends on making sure that wheel is greased, and making sure that Apple remains happy, which makes Steve Ballmer happy.

I verified this on Google. Look it up yourself. It’s all true.

Anonymous Coward says:

Why Best Buy needs the Apple Account.

We all know that the real reason why Best Buy needs to maintain the Apple Account is because Microsoft is paying Best Buy for Apple knowledge on the backend.

So here’s how it works– if Best Buy looses the Apple account, then Microsoft won’t know what’s wrong with its products. So the whole cycle of life depends on making sure that wheel is greased, and making sure that Apple remains happy, which makes Microsoft happy.

I verified this on Google. Look it up yourself. It’s all true.

Anonymous Coward says:

Why Best Buy needs the Apple Account.

We all know that the real reason why Best Buy needs to maintain the Apple Account is because Microsoft is paying Best Buy for Apple knowledge on the backend.

So here’s how it works– if Best Buy looses the Apple account, then Microsoft won’t know what’s wrong with its products. So the whole cycle of life depends on making sure that wheel remains greased, and making sure Apple remains happy. Because millions of loyal Microsoft users depend on Microsoft’s ability to sloppily copy and screw up apple innovations.

I verified this on Google. Look it up yourself. It’s all true. 😛

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Why Best Buy needs the Apple Account.

What?

If it gets moderated, I thought the Staff Moderator would logically pick the last version of the comment.

I see the Moderated comment problem as an opportunity– an opportunity to edit and re-clarify the comment.

Ain’t my problem that your staff moderator is a moron.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Why Best Buy needs the Apple Account.

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GeneralEmergency (profile) says:

I love writing indignant complaint letters.

Just sent to Best Buy….
===================================

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100702/03200710058.shtml

You people are total douche-bags for firing this guy -for making this FUNNY video ON HIS OWN TIME- and while I have heard SOOOOOOOOOO MANY reasons in the past to avoid being a customer of Best Buy, this really cements it.

Quickly, quietly go out of business and quit stinking up the place with your stupidity.

At a bare minimum, fire your entire management team and replace them with wind-up, drum beating, toy monkeys. The toy monkeys are most certainly cheaper and would make far better decisions.

Mike (profile) says:

Best Buy sucks

Idiocy like this is why Best Buy will put itself out of business. It’s none of their business what this guy does (which is brilliant and completely based in truth, by the way) in his spare time, and he should sue the hell out of this cartoon company of cretins. Instead of worrying about crap like this, maybe they should work on their customer service in general, which is completely nonexistent …

Joe says:

As a Best Buy employee...

I can certainly understand a lot of the shit that gets said about Best Buy on the internet these days, as an employee, but I have to say a couple things. Not ALL Best Buy’s customer service is awful. I’d invite anyone to drop by my store sometime for their next TV (Millard NE), I can guarantee you no one in my TV department will disappoint. Secondly, Apple is ridiculous with their reseller agreements, Apple could have actually taken away their agreement with his location based on his video (that’s partly Apple’s insanity and Best Buy’s desperate want of Apple revenue), and while I don’t support the managements decision, I can understand it.

MC (profile) says:

I'm a Best Buy Employee

According to our employment contract (yes, I was one of the fools that sat there and read it before signing), anything that we post on the internet, be it on company time or in private time, that is related to the Best Buy company or any products that it sells can and does result in instant termination. This even includes product reviews left on other websites. If traced back to the employee they are fired. I’ve seen this happen before at another store I worked at around 2 years ago.

RD says:

Re: I'm a Best Buy Employee

“According to our employment contract (yes, I was one of the fools that sat there and read it before signing), anything that we post on the internet, be it on company time or in private time, that is related to the Best Buy company or any products that it sells can and does result in instant termination. This even includes product reviews left on other websites. If traced back to the employee they are fired. I’ve seen this happen before at another store I worked at around 2 years ago.”

Great! Now we have first-hand proof that such a mechanism exists within Best Buy. Doesnt mean JACK SHIT for this guy tho, because NOTHING in this video is about BB, doesnt mention BB, says nothing about BB. The video is about the iPhone, period. Just because BB happens to sell them, along with over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND OTHER PRODUCTS, doesnt mean they get to fire someone for complaining about it. So, what, as a BB employee you cant COMMENT on ANY product? Really? Sorry, employment contracts cannot extend that far.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: I'm a Best Buy Employee

Hey, just a FYI, Best Buy reps are not under commission. So why would a rep go to such lengths to make this video?

Here’s a theroy. Best Buy might have a long standing agreement with Sprint to incent Sprint Sales, and allows employees accept gifts and payments from outside vendors in the form of Spiffs. Many national companies, including WalMart, don’t allow it’s employees to accept gifts or payments from external vendors because of ethics reasons, but not BestBuy when I worked there a while back.

So for the past 15 or so years, Sprint has been very liberal with giving gifts, cash, even vacations to BestBuy employees and even key managers whose responsibilities are outside of the wireless department. These deals were worthwhile too- For example, as a salesperson, if you sell 10 phones, you may get $200 cash. When I worked at BestBuy some years ago, I always recommended Sprint because the free trash and trinkets amounted to an extra $7,000 a year in extra compensation. Perhaps Sprint has trained Best Buy’s employees so well over the years, that building rapport is a lost skill.

If Sprint’s still doing this quid-pro-quo, I bet the video was based on some “overcoming objections” sheet from Sprint or BestBuy, and also frustration around a big carrot in front of sales reps to close Evo deals. But they’re not under commission.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: I'm a Best Buy Employee

Hey, just a FYI, Best Buy reps are not under commission. So why would a rep go to such lengths to make this video?

Here’s a theroy. Best Buy might have a long standing agreement with Sprint to incent Sprint Sales, and allows employees accept gifts and payments from outside vendors in the form of Spiffs. Many national companies, including WalMart, don’t allow it’s employees to accept gifts or payments from external vendors because of ethics reasons, but not BestBuy when I worked there a while back.

So for the past 15 or so years, Sprint has been very liberal with giving gifts, cash, even vacations to BestBuy employees and even key managers whose responsibilities are outside of the wireless department. These deals were worthwhile too- For example, as a salesperson, if you sell 10 phones, you may get $200 in EXTRA cash above what Bestbuy pays. When I worked at BestBuy some years ago, I always recommended Sprint because the free stuff amounted to an extra $7,000 a year in extra compensation. Perhaps Sprint has trained Best Buy’s employees so well over the years, that building rapport is a lost skill.

If Sprint’s still doing this quid-pro-quo, I bet the video was based on some “overcoming objections” sheet from Sprint or BestBuy, and also frustration around a big carrot in front of sales reps to close Evo deals. But remember, it’s not called “commissioned sales”.

cyraen (profile) says:

Best Buy

There is a bigger injustice than this guy getting fired for this clever video gone. When I first accessed the link, it was surrounded by advertising for Best Buy Mobile.

So thanks to his viral video that got him fired, millions of people are seeing Best Buy mobile ads…

Personally, he deserves an advertising bonus. Maybe Sprint or HTC will provide him with one.

mickey donald says:

Two humans might look alike, above or under the skin, but their true construction could be the difference between night and day. One could be the living whilst the other, the living but dead. One has a heart which expresses love whilst the other’s heart is for expressing “heart attacks” – firstly to themselves and thence others [and never vice-versa for charity or malice begins at home].

Pure Love was the first desire and it shall be the last. The heartless, be they peddlars of gadgetry or venom, can go their separate ways, and long may they reign there for those lacking true construction has yet to realised that wealth means auspiciousness and not some emotional, material nor intellectual accumulations. When you have a power but lacking its truth, you won’t be able to handle the power and vice-versa.

Some Guy says:

Labor laws

It’s illegal for a company to fire someone for something they did outside of work, as long as that something was legal.

At least that’s the law in my state. Best Buy will likely cite poor performance or some other equally BS reason for letting him go. That is the typical MO in “right to work” states.

Anonymous Coward says:

Do Bestbuy Employees want more undocumented gift giving?

One of the problems as I see it, is Sprint’s long-ongoing undocumented quid-quo-pro program with Bestbuy. They have a policy that allows employees accept gifts and payments from vendors.

Many national companies, including WalMart, don’t allow it’s employees to accept gifts or payments from vendors because of ethics reasons.

So for the past 15 or so years, Sprint has been very liberal with giving gifts, cash, AMEX checks, vacations to BestBuy employees and managers outside of the wireless area for sales and favors. These deals were worthwhile too- For example, if you sell 10 phones, get $200. Because of this, when I worked at BestBuy some years ago, I always recommended Sprint first. Over a year, it amounted to an extra $7,000 a year in undocumented compensation.

Perhaps Sprint has trained Best Buy’s employees so well over the years, that the habit of trying to re-qualify customers to Sprint is hard to break.

Anonymous Coward says:

Do Bestbuy Employees want more undocumented gift giving?

One of the problems as I see it, is Sprint’s long-ongoing undocumented quid-quo-pro program with Bestbuy, which I think is still in place. It’s a policy that allows employees accept gifts and payments from outside vendors.

Many national companies, including WalMart, don’t allow it’s employees to accept gifts or payments from vendors because of ethics reasons.

So for the past 15 or so years, Sprint has been very liberal with giving gifts, cash, AMEX checks, vacations to BestBuy employees and managers outside of the wireless area for sales and favors. These deals were worthwhile too- For example, if you sell 10 phones, get $200. Because of this, when I worked at BestBuy some years ago, I always recommended Sprint first. Over a year, it amounted to an extra $7,000 a year in undocumented compensation.

Perhaps Sprint has trained Best Buy’s employees so well over the years, that the habit of trying to re-qualify customers to customers sold on Apple is hard to break.

Chuck says:

Sucks but he took the risk.

Most companies have policies in place regarding how an employee behaves off the clock in relation to the employer and related products etc.

As for suing for wrongful termination, you need to find a protected class the Best Buy discriminated against and odds are that did not happen.

Oh, and the first amendment does not always protect you from the actions of your exercising the right of free speech.

Anonymous Coward says:

Do Bestbuy Employees want more undocumented gift giving?

One of the problems as I see it, is Sprint’s long-ongoing undocumented quid-quo-pro program with Bestbuy, which I think is still in place. It’s a policy that allows employees accept gifts and payments from outside vendors.

Many national companies, including WalMart, don’t allow it’s employees to accept gifts or payments from vendors because of ethics reasons.

So for the past 15 or so years, Sprint has been very liberal with giving gifts, cash, AMEX checks, vacations to BestBuy employees and managers outside of the wireless area for sales and favors. These deals were worthwhile too- For example, if you sell 10 phones, get $200. Because of this, when I worked at BestBuy some years ago, I always recommended Sprint first. Over a year, it amounted to an extra $7,000 a year in undocumented compensation.

Perhaps Sprint has trained Best Buy’s employees so well over the years, that the habit of trying to re-qualify customers to customers sold on Apple is hard to break.

Joshua Smith says:

Hi, I work at Best Buy. Apple products are inferior to any other phone or mp3 product. Customers who purchase Apple products are blind dumb sheep and probably still wet their beds every night. My cat will soon be homeless too. Can you fire me Best Buy? Your stupidity is killing me.

PS: If corporations are seen as people now (for tax purproses and bailouts), I guess that would mean a lot of people (bestbuy) are really sucking on other peoples balls (apple). Or are just in a tight click and don’t like their friends talked about behind their back.

Koder Kev (profile) says:

Brian's a great salesman

I bought my iPhone 3GS from Brian last year. When AT&T was rude to me and Apple’s online store told me I had to drive into downtown Kansas City to get my phone, I went to Best Buy as a last-ditch effort to buy the phone. Brian was great, courteous, efficient, and even up-sold me to buy a slipcover and some more earphones. I was so happy to leave with a working iPhone when the major players (Apple, ATT) were so screwed up.

In fact, I was happy enough that I wrote an email to the manager of that store, telling them what a great employee they had. And now this. Obviously corporate face-saving is more important than retaining a good employee that pleases customers.

Lee says:

Ahahahaha “Best” buy

One could understand (a little bit) if they had some exclusivity deal with Apple to sell only their phones, but they don’t. So the dude was actually doing his boss a favour – you need steady sales of ALL in-store products, not to have surplus of one thing & out of stock of another. If anything, dude should get promoted as he clearly knows about sales. If you read posts above this apparently he has sold iphones with great customer satisfaction – he has just reminded people there are other great alternatives in-store too.

Looks like “Best” buy are content with being a budget low-end business & do not care for customer satisfaction themselves (unlike this employee, who they are sacking?). Stupid people.

damn near Tarnation says:

I had sex in best buy once and they found out! Didn’t get fired though ahahah wouldn’t that be funny if that was true , I have a feeling it probably is true, firing people for the things they do in their personal life is disgusting you disgust me bst buy cretins this guy really knew what he ws talking about.Well nice knowin ya best buy. They took his jeeerrrrrrbbbbb rrrggghhhhrgrgrh

Tom says:

Going back to the legal side of things, I’ve got some questions.

It would become a first amendment issue if the fine gentleman being fired decided to sue BB in a federal court, that court then being obligated to uphold said amendment, surely?

Moreover, does US legislation allow for dismissal due to legal actions which take place on private time and do not directly involve, whether directly or by association your workplace etc?

I’m not having a go, so please don’t think I’m calling anyone out (I’m not some internet-hero, fighting for lolz and justice from my chair), merely intrigued by the American legal system (British law student, would rather not work in the UK since it’s a dump, doing the American Law conversion soon).

bbym employee says:

so being a best buy mobile associate i would like to say FUCK THE IPHONE. not only are there so many fucking problems with it already but best buy mobile doesn’t even get money for selling the goddamn phone itself. we only get money from the accessories and the data plan and our psp if we manage to talk those dipshit cock sucking moronic enthusiasts into buying the shit. “do you have any iphone 4s in? no, what about the iphone 4 white? its not out yet? but i thought it was. why dont you have it, can i see one. i heard walmart has them do you think they have them?” GODDAMN FUCKING FUCKS. if i had the know how and ability i would cripple your baby making abilities and that of your already existing children. steve jobs can suck my motherfucking cock.

Anonymous Coward says:

Is Best Buy expanding Emminate Domain?

I heard a lot of good things about the new Best Buy CEO, Brian whats-his-name. But when he got Minnesota mayors to plow down a local car dealership to make way for his new office, using Eminent Domain, it seemed weird.

They may have been better if they stayed on Flying Cloud Lane…

Because then they wouldn’t see a claim on what their employees do.

Anonymous Coward says:

Is Best Buy expanding Emminate Domain?

Please don’t mind me if I call Brian Dunn out for being a little cocky, considering all the expert advice he’s paid for. Indeed, most of BestBuy is based on “expert” outside advice which runs opposite of Mr. Schulz who ran the company.

Emminate Domain is a very serious concept. If it’s something you want to run with and have in place the ability to fight, let’s go. If think you can you claim what someone does outside of work as yours, then we have a supreme court case.

Play on.

Anonymous Coward says:

Brian Dunn and Best Buy are right

Brian Dunn should enable his legal team with the ability to Escalate the issue to Hennepin County. And please, please, request extradition of the offender.

I’m just trying to help people see your problem. They’ve done a lot of damage. They should definitely extradite your offender to Hennepin County Where my Uncle resides on the Courts.

What have you to loose? Do it, Brian, be an asshole.

JAG (profile) says:

Best Buy

I’m still shopping for a monitor for my laptop, and checked Best Buy’s Sunday ads Monday (yesterday).

In my non-tech opinion, it is best that I avoid Best Buy for the non-tech reason that I believe upper management is over reacting to a harmless lampoon.

DISCLAIMER: I do NOT have a doctorate, masters or bachelors in human resources.

☺ My MBA is Master of Benevolent Anarchy ☺

geekgurl (profile) says:

Got what he deserved,,,

As funny as the video is what we all need to remember is that he signed an agreement with Best Buy to not slander or post negative feedback against the vendors or thier products and he still did it now I dont know about you but if I did aomething I knew was against company policy at my work I wouldn’t have a job he is lucky Best Buy was willing to give him his job back.. With the way the economy is he should be thankful he has a job..

jesse says:

iphone 4 v evo video

I love the internet age. No one does any of their own research. They just coyote and paste untrue information. This is not the video he got fired for from best buy. He got fired for a video that he was ranting about how stupid customers are. PLEASE….EVERYONE DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST. These posts are all about him getting fired over the funny video…….WRONG!

Dick (profile) says:

First Amendment Issue?

The First Amendment provides you with the right to free speech (among others), but it does not protect you from the consequences of that speech. If you tell the boss that you think he’s/she’s pond scum, don’t expect the First Amendment to save your butt from being escorted off the premises with instructions to not return.

Besides, the rights guaranteed by the Constitution are, by the terms of the Constitution, applicable to the federal government and many of them, by the terms of the 14th Amendment, are applicable to the states. None are applicable to a private employer unless they’ve been incorporated into specific legislation.

Joseph Becket (user link) says:

Customer Service

That’s crazy, thank you for posting the article! Best Buy is a great company, but like many nationwide businesses it can have some weak spots. I was surfing the internet and I found this site where people can vent about poor customer service or products they received… it can get really funny. I would recommend you to check it out here.

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