Apple store detains teens for installing iPhone game
Coppers called over demo unit download
Four teens in Palo Alto, California, say they were detained and photographed by an Apple store after they downloaded a third-party application to an iPhone demo unit.
The youngsters told Mercury News that a manager of their local University Avenue Apple store called for police reinforcement after discovering the racing game, "Raging Thunder" had been installed on the touch screen phone. High school senior Daniel Fukuba was demonstrating the iPhone's features to his chums, when he downloaded the game.
Both the store employees and manager were at first unperturbed by the boys playing around with the demo unit. But after they left the store, a manager bolted out and demanded the teens return. The manager then called the police.
Sgt. Sandra Brown of the Palo Alto Police confirmed to Mercury News that they were called in by the Apple store, although no arrests were made.
The group claims they were also lectured by the manager about the dangers of "hacking," were all photographed, and told their pictures would be sent to surrounding Apple stores "so they'd be on the lookout for us," according to one of the teens involved, Noah Rogers. In all, they were detained for two and a half hours.
The boys also say they were issued a ban from all Apple stores, although an Apple spokesman has denied the claim.
In March, Apple opened the iPhone SDK to let third-party apps run on the platform — although apparently this is only something that should be attempted in the privacy of your own home. ®
The Apple store clerks must be bored. Here's a good prank to keep them busy. Go to a desktop and take a full screen shot, (command /shift/ 3). Tell finder preferences to hide any drives on the desktop, tell dock to hide and move the dock to the left and lastly, make your desktop screenshot image the desktop background. The mac will look appear normal but the user will will be clicking on an image of the dock and hard drive icons and nothing will respond.
Another shotp over reacting!
That shop just totally over reacted. Bet that stuff happens in tons of electronics stores , you have to expect it
crime or not
The store manager has the legal right to ban the teens from the store (trespass), but he cannot legally demand they return to the store (no actual crime committed) and if he detains or tries to detain them under the cirumstances described he would be guilty of either false arrest (and liable for it), false imprisonment (if holding them at the store) or have to literally assault them to force them back to the store (another arrestable offence, itself). Furthermore, taking pictures of the minors and passing them around (whatever his intentions) would also get him promptly sued. The police sound like they acted in an appropriate manner considering the story, but that manager would be up shit creek if that had been my kid(s)...both on a personal and legal level.