Apple employees fired for downloading leopard

Several Apple Retail employees were fired after downloading a copy of the “Leopard OSX 10.5 preview” that was leaked on several BitTorrent trackers last week.

Apparently Apple’s headquarters was not pleased with these pirates. After being confronted with the rumors, the alleged pirates readily admitted that they had breached the non-disclosure agreement.

However, this honesty was not appreciated by Apple. One of the fired employees told to Think Secret:

“All of us know that we violated our NDA and ethics policy. Therefore, because we had the character to tell the truth and to face the consequences of our actions, we were terminated. My only question is, if we all lied and denied it would we still be working at Apple today? Even more so, is that the kind of person that Apple wants working for them?”

The full version of Leopard OSX is due in spring 2007.

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