After the tragic demise of George Floyd, a 46-year old black man who was killed by a white police officer, a series of protests took place. Apple stores were soon closed after its ravages.
Violence lead to curfews, and police officers attacking, aiming weapons and firing protesters and even journalists, and amid, the Apple stores were also looted.
One social media user caught an incident showing people breaking into Apple store.
The series of raids in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York continued.
This lead to the closure of multiple Apple stores in the US for some time. It wasn’t long before the stores reopened after a long stall due to the pandemic lockdown.
Apple said its keeping their store closed for the safety and health of its workers.
Replying to Business Insider an Apple’s spokesperson said, “With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we’ve decided to keep a number of our stores in the US closed today”.
Photos across social networks show Apple boarding entrance and windows of their stores.
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According to BBC, the iPhones stolen in the looting of Apple stores have been tracked and disabled by local authorities, according to screenshots spreading across social media sites with the messages on their screens.
The messages shown were on the “demo” iPhones looted from the Apple store, which is different than those that Apple sells. The security-conscious company keeps an eye out for the demo iPhones Apple has on display tables.
The images shown spreading on social media shows the looted iPhones showing messages; one of them showed: “Please return to Apple Walnut Street. This device has been disabled and is being tracked”. You wouldn’t want to be the one Apple is trying to refer here.
Replying to Business Insider Apple preferred not to comment on security matters.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told workers about the killing of Mr Floyd as “senseless” and vowed to donate to the human rights group.