I was was refused iPhone replacement, me and Genius get into near scuffle!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobright, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    So long story short I was refused replacement for my non-able to get 3G speed phone. I almost harmed this "Genius" who questioned my honesty and had to be held back and escorted by security. This Apple store is in a mall so it was loud, words were exchanged, it was nearly physical. Police information was taken both ways. I am cooling off for now before I escalate this any further.
  2. oplix Suspended


    Jun 29, 2008
    New York, NY
  3. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    As the fake( or not?) Jobs email said to another person( or not?), calm down. It's just a phone and not worth getting worked up over. Is it worth it to go to jail over a phone?
  4. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Its a phone. You'll have more in your lifetime. Sheesh. :cool:
  5. SiskoKid macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2008
    Even those who are upset about the reception issue will (hopefully) disagree with how you handled yourself.

    The man is only doing his job, essentially just doing what he is told to do. The fact that you got so violent is not going to help anyone.

    I suggest you just relax, maybe even call the store and apologize and maybe go to another Apple store, explain your issue calmly and see what can be done. But it sounds like Apple is not swapping out phones for this issue. At least not anymore.
  6. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal

    Dude, I usually hate when people say this, but really, it's just a phone.

    There's no need to get physical with anyone who's doing his job! That's effing outrageous. There are about 37 things you could have done instead, starting with either asking for his supervisor or making an appointment with a different Genius.

    Needing to be held back because someone questions your integrity is merely proving their point, IMO.
  7. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    Sounds like you escalated the situation enough.
  8. UofM Canes! macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    Yeah, it's not right to almost get into a fight with a guy at the store but I'm still curious about the exchange leading up to it. How did he question your honesty?

    I really want some details because at the very least, it's entertaining. :D

    Can't agree more!
  9. ChocolateApple macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    New York
    Odd. That's one reason I refuse to shop at the 5th Ave. store in NYC. Not only was I fed up with rude "Genuis" staff and incompetent software tutors who are more like new college grads with minimal knowledge for teaching elders, but a cashier accused me of opening the box when I returned an item, unopened. I actually saw she and another lady go into a room and open the box to examine the item because someone opened the door while I was waiting!

    I complained, and the manager was very apologetic, but other things happened and I go to the Union Square store now.

    I'm a very calm person. I get my angst out with well-written complaints. But I can totally identify with what you're saying about a staff member accusing you of dishonesty.
  10. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
    I would of taped it, but I don't have my iPhone 4 yet... :p

    That, and not being there, of course :)
  11. ChocolateApple macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    New York
    Maybe it was an episode of MTV's Boiling Point :D
  12. JoJoCal19 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    Jacksonville, FL
    Ok I have to ask. Why are people still trying to get these iPhones replaced? It's been reported at almost every major outlet that they are not replacing iPhones for reception issues. You can however return them for a full refund. Just return it and buy a new one a few days later.
  13. TheBama macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2010
    Birmingham, AL
    Just return it and when the credit/upgrade eligibility get reset, order a new one online (since you likely won't be a welcome sight in the store.
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Just a note, this is a tactic used by scumbag car dealers to eliminate problematic (aka, costly) customers.

    All they need to do is get them to scream or yell, say the word lawyer, or threaten the salesmen.

    And they are suddenly speaking to lawyers or cops about the problems with the car.

    A dealer here used to use it to great effect, a simple "please leave" inserted at the right time would mean a trespass or assault charge filing, along with an instant restraining order the next day. And suddenly the problem the customer complained about was solved.
  15. Loki666 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Honestly, you sound like a *****. The guy is only doing a job and you get confrontational...I would love them to black ball your ass
  16. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  17. falconeight Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
    Fight fight fight fight fight fight fight!!!!!
  18. robotkiller macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2009
    Cool story.
  19. mbob macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2009
    I figured most would be opposed to your post but I can relate. Way back with the original iphone I kept getting bad screens. Others may remember the JayZ screen or whatever the rappers name is. Anyways it would reverse the black and was terrible. Trying to exchange the phone I had a similar incident. Although not as bad as the police werent needed but I did make a big scene. Cool off and try another Apple store. I know its just a phone but it is an expensive one you will spend a couple years with so there is some validity in getting it right.

    Back then, I emailed the Steve himself and an Apple rep called me and resolved it perfectly. In fact, they even contacted at&t and refunded stocking fees I paid twice with their stores exchanging it before the apple store incident.
  20. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    Yeah, try not to let them get to you (though I guess it's too late for that). I was just refused a replacement myself today for the 3rd time, but it's no reason to get upset with the genious, he's just doing what his bosses told him too, and they are only doing what there regional managers are telling them to do, who are doing what ........ well you get the picture. The fact is that apple is doing a really crappy job here, but that's still no reason to get into a tussel. But if you still want to support apple, your best bet is to just return the phone and rebuy it.
  21. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Wonder if this story will become a Futurama episode. :p
  22. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    Pretty sure his job isn't to question customer's honesty. Pretty sure i would have gotten arrested, and probably sued.. and i would have made it worth every bit of it.
  23. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Yeah no kidding!
  24. fupresti macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    I love these tales of ridiculousness. If you hate the phone so much just ****ing return it. Apple doesnt have a fix right now and your antics arent going to produce one. Just retuen the phone and move on with your life.

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