iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G Video Causes Best Buy To Suspend Employee

An employee of Best Buy made and posted a video to YouTube about the iPhone 4 verses the HTC EVO 4G in a cartoon style video whereby an electronics store rep tries to convince a customer to purchase the HTC EVO 4G over the iPhone 4, you can view the video below.

However, according to an article over on Gizmodo by Jason Chen and by way of NBC Action News, Best Buy wasn’t amused by the employee’s video and demanded that Best Buy employee Brian Maupin remove the video from YouTube, which he declined to do.

The reason for Maupin refusing to remove said video was because it didn’t mention Best Buy anywhere in the footage. However as a result, Best Buy has suspended Maupin and may fire him.

Seems to me that Best Buy is overstepping the mark with this one, what comes next, suspending workers if they upload a video to YouTube that mentions a mobile phone? Or is it just because it is the iPhone 4? You can check out the video below (does contain profanity) and let us know if you think Best Buy’s action is just or not.


11 thoughts on “iPhone 4 vs. HTC EVO 4G Video Causes Best Buy To Suspend Employee”

  1. victor says:

    lol has to be a Sprint customer! I think he's just jealous that the Evo will never outsell the iphone and openingday well who won that? all the stupid people(according to Best Buy employee Brian Maupin) who in a mad envy created this……..shame on you for letting personal preference guide u to create such a jealous..envy type video…stating that all who desire the iconic iphone over the Evo are basically stupid, ignorant buyers…ever think maybe you are? I think your action here should get you fired so you learn to let people buy what they want not what you want.(if this comments needs approval we know the outcome)

  2. Victor says:

    Though I received activation email my comment isn’t posted well I have screen shots showing before and after time saved incase of this. It only shows your bias towards certain comments.

  3. Mel says:

    This is too funny!! Why is Best Buy so mad?? This guy deserves a promotion lol and I'm an AT&T customer…so no bias here!! There are worst things to worry about in this world today than just a funny video! Get a grip people!

  4. Lee says:

    Brilliant video. Best Buy should mind their own business, it has nothing to do with them. This video is innocent in its humour I found it hilarious. The video does not mention Best Buy so what the hell right do they have to suspend the guy…? To the author of the video, mate go and get yourself a much better job in animation or something – beats working for Best Buy…

  5. CPB says:

    @Victor: What the hell does it matter if the iPhone outsold the Evo? The point is that this guy is getting manhandled by his place of business for something that neither defamatory toward that business nor does it dilute/defame the "other product" in fact the only thing he makes things up about is the Evo itself.

    Get on the ball, sir – this is trying to warn us of the precedent that nothing we do in private is protected from the questing eyes our employers – THAT is tantamount to SLAVERY. Hurrr "must be a Sprint customer" Duuurp. Ridiculous.

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