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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.


    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.

    Article Link: Apple to Present Plaque to Korean Police for Cracking Down on Sale of Fake Accessories
  2. lostngone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2003
    A plaque? Wow Apple, what do they need to do to get a Coffee mug or engraved Key ring?
  3. HacKage macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    Such wonderful gifts are reserved for the staff at Christmas as a bonus. I'll never forget my hoodie and mousemat...
  4. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    (Cop bar)
    Remember that time we made a billion won bust Lee?
    I do Kim because we hung that plaque on the wall right there...
  5. redgreenski macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2017
    How about offering a donation to the cop’s families?
  6. Justanotherfanboy Suspended


    Jul 3, 2018
    Lol, while I do hear that corruption & bribery is an enormous part of the culture there... I think the point here is that they are happy about a stand AGAINST that type of thing.
    A suggestion to bribe cops seems incredibly sleazy and weird.
  7. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2008
    A Burger King crown would have been way cooler. Only marginally funnier though.
  8. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    I hope the plaque costs $10 or less. There’s no reason for apple to spending More money than necessary on unimportant things
  9. tasset macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2007
    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.
  10. seecoolguy macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2007
    Meanwhile, the plaque will require a few $30 Apple dongle accessories to actually hang on a wall.
  11. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    The remit of police is to enforce laws, not to work for tips.
  12. adamski23 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
    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.
  13. cocky jeremy macrumors 601

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    I hope you don't feel entitled to more. All they owe you is the money they agreed to pay you as salary.
  14. HacKage macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    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.
  15. mikethemartian macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2017
    Melbourne, FL
  16. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    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.
  17. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    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.
  18. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    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.
  19. bchery21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    It's just recognition. Apple doesn't have to give the police force anything really...
  20. Relentless Power, Jan 9, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  21. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    One has to wonder whether it’s worth helping apple in anything.
  22. iJandro macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2010
    San Francisco, CA
    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!
  23. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    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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