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Customer walks out of Apple Store with its secret files

The Apple logo hangs at the entrance to the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York, in this January 25, 2010 file photograph. Apple Inc's quarterly revenue smashed Wall Street expectations for at least the 9th straight quarter, driven by blockbuster sales of its hot iPhones and iPads. The largest U.S. technology company by market value said fiscal third-quarter revenue rose to $28.57 billion, trouncing the average analyst estimate of $24.99 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCI TECH)
The Apple logo hangs at the entrance to the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York, in this January 25, 2010 file photograph. Apple Inc's quarterly revenue smashed Wall Street expectations for at least the 9th straight quarter, driven by blockbuster sales of its hot iPhones and iPads. The largest U.S. technology company by market value said fiscal third-quarter revenue rose to $28.57 billion, trouncing the average analyst estimate of $24.99 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCI TECH)BRENDAN MCDERMID / Reuters

Guy walks into a bar — an Apple Genius bar, to be precise — to get his repaired hard drive back. Walks out with said drive, boots it up and says he finds confidential documents, info on Apple's sales techniques and videos of Apple corporate goings-on and store meetings, among other juicy goods.

Then — and tell us if this is sounds familiar — he tries to sell the hard drive to a website. In this case, the website, Cult of Mac, doesn't bite, but it does share the story and some of the screenshots the "tipster" submitted:

According to our tipster, “confidential docs, internal manuals, Apple’s sales technics (sic), an Apple store work checklist, products layout, time schedules, pictures and videos of Apple corporate activities that only Apple employees can see, videos of store meetings, business structure and much much much more.”

“I always wondered what went on behind that big doors on the back of Apple Store,” our tipster writes. He never imagined he’d find out this way.

The files, says Cult of Mac, "look legit to us, which makes this one of the weirder stories that has come through our hands recently."

The tipster, who went into an Apple Store in Connecticut — there are four in the state — was "strongly advised" by Cult of Mac to return the hard drive to Apple, and "even offered to help facilitate the safe return of the disk if he was nervous about the exchange."

But they haven't heard a peep more from the fellow. No doubt he's drowning his sorrows at a bar — although probably not a Genius bar.

— Via Business Insider

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