Apple Service Centers Still Turning Away Smokers
By Matt Algren. June 24, 2011, 9:09 AM CDT
A Facebook friend posted this on his wall yesterday, and at first I didn’t believe it. Apple is refusing to fix smokers’ computers. Seriously.
Something I just learned: Apple will refuse to repair your Mac if anybody in your home or office has smoked in its presence.
When asked for details about his house guest’s problem, here’s what he said:
“Smoking near your machine voids the warranty,” he was told by the snooty help desk geek.
Apparently this was a story in late 2009, but it’s not been talked about much since then. According to The Consumerist, which broke the story back then, Apple contends that smoke residue is a health hazard under OSHA guidelines. But as one of their reporting consumers pointed out:
Dena [from Jobs' office] did advise me that nicotine is on OSHA’s list of hazardous substances and Apple would not require an employee to repair anything deemed hazardous to their health. However, OSHA also lists calcium carbonate (found in calcium tablets), isopropyl alcohol (used to clean wounds), chlorine (used in swimming pools), hydrogen peroxide (also used to clean wounds), sucrose (a sugar), talc (as in powder), etc… as hazardous substances.
Listen, I’m about as anti-smoking as they come. I’ve never smoked a single cigarette, so this ridiculous policy doesn’t affect me in the least.
What I am, though, is an advocate for fairness and reason, and this anti-smoker corporate policy is the opposite of that.
About Matt Algren
Matt is a self-taught tinkerer who's fallen madly in love with social media and neato Android stuff. He writes on an eight-year-old computer that constantly freezes up on him, leading him to teach the neighborhood kids many new swear words when he has his windows open. He's probably eating chocolate ice cream in his home in Southwest Ohio right now. It's delicious.