Remember the absolute uproar last summer when Gizmodo got its hands on an iPhone 4 prototype that a drunk Apple employee left in a bar? Well, you’d think after that whole sh*tshow that a) the company would be much more careful about which employees they allow to carry prototypes around and b) the employees who did get iPhone prototypes would be hyper-conscious of not losing them. YOU’D THINK!
But it did happen again! In a tequila bar, no less. What species of idiot takes an iPhone prototype out during a night of drinking at a tequila bar after what happened last summer? Even better, the thing was apparently sold for $200 on Craigslist, according to Cnet.
A day or two after the phone was lost at San Francisco’s Cava 22, which describes itself as a “tequila lounge” that also serves lime-marinated shrimp ceviche, Apple representatives contacted San Francisco police, saying the device was priceless and the company was desperate to secure its safe return, the source said.
Apple electronically traced the phone to a two-floor, single-family home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, according to the source.
When San Francisco police and Apple’s investigators visited the house, they spoke with a man in his twenties who acknowledged being at Cava 22 on the night the device went missing. But he denied knowing anything about the phone. The man gave police permission to search the house, and they found nothing, the source said. Before leaving the house, the Apple employees offered the man money for the phone no questions asked, the source said, adding that the man continued to deny he had knowledge of the phone.
This sort of thing would never happen if Steve Jobs was still in charge. Oh, wait!
Maybe from now on all Apple employees should be forced to watch this cat video to they’ll learn how to neatly pack something away so that it doesn’t get lost.