Apple to Present Plaque to Korean Police for Cracking Down on Sale of Fake Accessories

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Apple will express its gratitude to Korean police for seizing fake accessories worth 1 billion won ($892,000) by presenting a plaque to officers at a local police unit, reports The Korea Herald.


As a token of thanks, Donald Shruhan, senior regional director for Apple's Asia-Pacific operations, will visit the Bucheon Sosa Police Station in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, on Friday to deliver a plaque of appreciation to investigators who arrested local distributors of fake Apple charging cables and earphones.
The fake products are said to have come from China, although authorities are still trying to work out how they made it into the country. The distributors are reportedly under investigation on suspicion of fraud and trademark violation, said the paper's sources.

Apple has a history of suffering from counterfeit Apple products originating from China, with authorities breaking up counterfeit iPhone rings and shutting down fake Apple Stores in the country down the years.

In 2015, one Chinese company was even caught selling fake versions of the then yet-to-be-released Apple Watch for $30 a pop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Pelea

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I hope the plaque costs $10 or less. There’s no reason for apple to spending More money than necessary on unimportant things
 

tasset

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Kind of surprised really. Was expecting to read that Apple gave each cop a coupon for an additional 10% trade-in value towards a new Xr.
 
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HacKage

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I hope you don't feel entitled to more. All they owe you is the money they agreed to pay you as salary.
You're correct. I don't feel entitled to anything else. I did however feel like an afterthought, which is great for staff morale in one of the richest companies in the world.
 

Solomani

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Forget the stupid plaque. Give the entire staff of the police department some new iPhones.

At least it will have a positive side benefit for Apple: it will irritate Samsung.
 

DeepIn2U

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Splendid job by the police.

The plaque is a nice gesture by apple. They didn’t need to, however, it’s a good way of displaying recognition.

Especially without going against bribery internal policy or against Korean police bribery policy. Gifts of no value or no indirect value that causes consideration for value to be exchanged is ok.
 
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Solomani

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Especially without going against bribery internal policy or against Korean police bribery policy. Gifts of no value or no indirect value that causes consideration for value to be exchanged is ok.

That's true. Most places will not allow "gifts" of considerable value, since it is a conflict of interest (e.g. could be considered a bribe or influence). I know this. I've worked at hospitals, and we hospital employees are NOT allowed to accept gifts or cash from grateful patients or their families, since that would (in theory) influence how we cared for patients.

But gifts of nominal value are (often) allowed. Like maybe buy them coffee or donuts, or a catered lunch for the PD.
 
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Relentless Power

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How about offering a donation to the cop’s families?

You seem to be missing the point, Apple doesn’t owe anyone any type of donation simply because of the Police ‘cracking’ down on fraud. That’s part of Police responsibility, in their job requirements, at least Apple is recognizing them in general. They don’t owe anyone donations for doing their duties and responsibilities in which they are obligated.
 
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iJandro

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In my experience, the Korean National Police Agency are some of the nicest people I've had a chance to meet over there, with some dapper uniforms to boot!
 

Fzang

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One has to wonder whether it’s worth helping apple in anything.

It could’ve been any other high end brand - it doesn’t matter really. The point is to maintain trust, so that people can go out and buy something and trust that it’s from a safe, reputable source, be it milk or iPhone chargers.
 
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