Remember those hilarious Xtra Normal Evo 4G vs. iPhone videos I posted the other day? It turns out that the cat that made them, Brian Maupin, works at Best Buy selling mobile phones…or at least he did. His videos were viewed more than a million times, which is fantastic…to everyone except the powers that be at Best Buy. According to TechCrunch Maupin has been suspended indefinitely and is in the process of being fired:
The video in question was made by Brian Maupin, a 25-year-old based in Kansas City, Missouri. For the past three and a half years he’s been working at Best Buy selling mobile phones. He’s probably not going to be doing that anymore as Best Buy has suspended him indefinitely and is currently taking the steps to terminate him, Maupin tells us. The reason? The video.
The video became so popular (it currently has nearly 1.3 million views on YouTube) that someone at Best Buy corporate saw it. They then put two-and-two together that it was an employee at one of their stores that made it, and the hammer came down. “They felt it disparaged a brand they carried (iPhone/Apple) as well as the store itself and were fearful of stockholders & customers being turned off to Best Buy Mobile,” Maupin says.
That’s pretty crappy of Best Buy. Hopefully Maupin gets a high-paying gig that pays him for making Xtra Normal videos full time. It would be really sweet if his future benefactors hired me too. Ha!
Maupin, Bryan Danielson, and me…. There is no justice.