Some Apple stores have been looted in a new night of violent protests in the United States. related to the death of George Floyd.
Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer put his knee on the man’s neck for nine minutes even though he was handcuffed, complying with all the officers’ demands, and was no longer a threat. All four officers were expelled and one has been charged with third-degree murder.
To protect its employees from this violence, Apple has decided to temporarily close some of its stores in the United States. These stores had recently reopened after being closed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple stores that were damaged or looted include stores in Portland, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Charleston, Washington, DC, Scottsdale, and San Francisco. Some of the heavily damaged stores are closed indefinitely, while others will reopen on Monday.
Apple said today: “With the health and safety of our computers in mind, we have made the decision to maintain several of our stores in the US closed on Sunday ».
The video from Portland’s KOIN 12 network shows people walking into the Apple store and walking out with cases of iPhones and iMacs in their hands.
What the savage looters probably don’t know is that the iPhones they steal from looted stores won’t work.
Since 2016, demo iPhones in an Apple Store have not worked if they are removed from that store. And if new equipment has been shipped in its boxes, it doesn’t seem complicated that Apple can track and disable those devices.
Of the 271 Apple stores in the US, 140 stores have reopened in the past two weeks. It is unclear whether the violence will delay the reopening of the remaining 131.