Best Buy Employee "Outs" Straight Guy

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TomLikesGuitar:

DVS BSTrD:
Yeah it's embarrassing but he's still an idiot. Plus he says "my reputation has been tarnished", almost as if being gay were, I don't know, something to be ashamed of. I have zero sympathy for someone who thinks like that.

I just feel like that's a jump to conclusions.

Also, is it really fair to call him an "idiot" for trusting someone to be professional at their job? The average person just doesn't know all the crazy shit people do when they repair your electronics. When I was fixing computers, I used to look through so many people's personal files that it's not even funny... but that just makes me an asshole; it doesn't make them an idiot.

When someone calls me gay, I just laugh and get over it. I wouldn't involve my lawyer over something that was obviously a joke. And if he really didn't bother to log off Facebook before handing his phone over to someone else, then he's really got no one but himself to blame if his profile gets tampered with.

DVS BSTrD:
When someone calls me gay, I just laugh and get over it. I wouldn't involve my lawyer over something that was obviously a joke. And if he really didn't bother to log off Facebook before handing his phone over to someone else, then he's really got no one but himself to blame if his profile gets tampered with.

There is a huge difference between being called gay and PAYING to be called gay. Maybe I'm just an asshole, but I am WAY too prideful to stand for that.

Plus, it's free money from fucking BEST BUY. That's not as bad as fucking over some mom and pop store or something.

I don't get where the author and some commenters are just declaring this guy to be a homophobic douchebag. Other than the usual "I am a denizen of the internet and must have a definitive opinion on everything ever" inanity.

He's probably just a regular guy who doesn't appreciate some Randal Graves wannabe messing with his stuff. Lest we all forget, what that Best Buy employee did is a felony in some areas.

gmaverick019:
granted the best buy employee is a complete douchebag, especially doing that to someone you probably don't even know

however, simply saying "that wasn't me, phone was used by someone else, i'm not gay" is pretty dang easy....seeking legal issues? you kidding me? you must live in some very very strange world, as that is almost offensive in itself to take that much offense to it, regardless.

Any excuse to take best buy down is a good one to me. Maybe they'll grant an attorney with extended warranty if he pays an extra 150$.

Aprilgold:

gmaverick019:
granted the best buy employee is a complete douchebag, especially doing that to someone you probably don't even know

however, simply saying "that wasn't me, phone was used by someone else, i'm not gay" is pretty dang easy....seeking legal issues? you kidding me? you must live in some very very strange world, as that is almost offensive in itself to take that much offense to it, regardless.

I don't know man, he may have known a bunch of religious nut-jobs, hell, there was a story on Reddit earlier today about a black-supremist-jew who saw his son, which is one of 9 I believe, smack another on the ass. The kid is 4 years old, and what did he do? Well he picked up a fire arm, played some very loud prayer music in the garage, shot the boy in the head and then told the mother. Who is essentially his slave to put it in a suitcase and hide it. I'd like to note he is / was essentially a cult leader, with 4 wives to boot.

Believe it or not, this could have either threatened future employment, his friends or family or anyone he has a known association with. Coming out is a emotional thing and having to fix it is almost like yelling you have cancer but it was only a joke. And if the dude didn't have his phone then he very well couldn't have fixed it in day one, so he would have been oblivious to it until his next shift, then he would have to answer to the texts, phonecalls and facebook messages. One day is twenty four hours, which is quite some time. Plenty of people would have saw the post and it wouldn't be like he saw it in less then a minute and fix it, where only his dog saw it, no, it would have had enough time to sink into peoples brains.

Once again, there are places in the world that essentially mentally beat up children if they did something wrong in the eye of the lord. Whether it be getting raped, homosexuality, or even being suicidal, they will mentally and physically beat them up over things that are either out of their hands or caused by what their trying to fix. I doubt that just because you friends are cool with Homosexuality and vice versa doesn't necessarily mean his family or his friends are.

Syzygy23:

I dunno, not everyone LIKES the idea of other people they know thinking they take dicks up the ass.

Remember that not all homosexuals take it up the bum because there is always someone who has to give them the thing going up their bum.

that is a very extreme case you pointed out, as that shit gets plastered everywhere when something so horribly illogical happens. I've seen this happen to people i know (derp via facebook status's) and a solid 90% of the time people know it's either a hack or a joke, if his friends/family are that gullible to believe some random status post (or let himself get so worked up about it) then they really need to wake up and take a good whiff of the 21st century.

and while i'm not saying you don't have a point, because you do, let's remember this is Denver Colorado we are talking about here, not some random hick town out in the middle of nowhere or another random country still stuck in 3rd world mode (no offense is meant by that), so the expectations are quite different and for him to honestly sue to win money over it (the guy was fired, that is more than enough justice served) is quite absurd.

Roboto:

gmaverick019:
granted the best buy employee is a complete douchebag, especially doing that to someone you probably don't even know

however, simply saying "that wasn't me, phone was used by someone else, i'm not gay" is pretty dang easy....seeking legal issues? you kidding me? you must live in some very very strange world, as that is almost offensive in itself to take that much offense to it, regardless.

Any excuse to take best buy down is a good one to me. Maybe they'll grant an attorney with extended warranty if he pays an extra 150$.

curious, what exactly did best buy do that's deserved as much hate that wal mart gets? perhaps i've missed something recently..

now i'm not saying the guy shouldn't have gotten like a free warrant or phone out of it, but still, actively pursuing a sue when the guy was fired after found out what he had done/been doing, yeah that is decent justice.

gmaverick019:

that is a very extreme case you pointed out, as that shit gets plastered everywhere when something so horribly illogical happens. I've seen this happen to people i know (derp via facebook status's) and a solid 90% of the time people know it's either a hack or a joke, if his friends/family are that gullible to believe some random status post (or let himself get so worked up about it) then they really need to wake up and take a good whiff of the 21st century.

and while i'm not saying you don't have a point, because you do, let's remember this is Denver Colorado we are talking about here, not some random hick town out in the middle of nowhere or another random country still stuck in 3rd world mode (no offense is meant by that), so the expectations are quite different and for him to honestly sue to win money over it (the guy was fired, that is more than enough justice served) is quite absurd.

While sewing is extreme, and I'm not arguing against that, doesn't mean that it isn't out of the question. He could sue the person for the written version of slander which I can't remember the term for at the moment if it actually caused some real trouble for the man. Hell, it is a felony in multiple places, so he could still very well make that guys life a living hell.

But on topic once more, just because a state is nice doesn't mean that terrible shiz doesn't happen in it. Germany is a nice place but lest we forget that is the place where a dictator decided to kill all the Jews and rose to power. He may have been friends with very highly religious people, and since this is America, most likely insane Catholic people who most likely think that Homosexuality is not only a sin, but a plague that can be vaccinated.

As I said earlier, as well as many others, Facebook profiles can be seen by everybody and certain people will want certain things from a worker. Could have lost a buisness oppurtunity if he was looking for a new job and the dude who was manager there saw his profile, saw he was gay and said no. I can't work at Mcdonalds and rant about how much Mcdonalds is a terrible place without at least raising one eyebrow in the work place. I can't be a priest and go onto my Facebook account and say how much I love to rape children without getting slapped in the face while teaching prayer to said children.

Yes, extreme it may seem, but I wouldn't be honestly surprised if he had to seriously walk people through that he is in fact not gay. Just because your circle of friends are either indifferent or don't care about homosexuality doesn't mean all of his are the same.

Coming out is, once again, a emotional thing, and I wouldn't be surprised that after telling them that he didn't post it they thought he was trying to jump back into the closet, thus they do the thoughtful thing and try to lure him out, and after much talking they get that he was in fact telling the truth about not being homosexual.

gmaverick019:

Roboto:

gmaverick019:
granted the best buy employee is a complete douchebag, especially doing that to someone you probably don't even know

however, simply saying "that wasn't me, phone was used by someone else, i'm not gay" is pretty dang easy....seeking legal issues? you kidding me? you must live in some very very strange world, as that is almost offensive in itself to take that much offense to it, regardless.

Any excuse to take best buy down is a good one to me. Maybe they'll grant an attorney with extended warranty if he pays an extra 150$.

curious, what exactly did best buy do that's deserved as much hate that wal mart gets? perhaps i've missed something recently..

now i'm not saying the guy shouldn't have gotten like a free warrant or phone out of it, but still, actively pursuing a sue when the guy was fired after found out what he had done/been doing, yeah that is decent justice.

Let's go down the list in no particular order:

1. IN STORE (not always online) overpricing of goods compared to certain retailers
2. Odd representation of computer parts that they do sell
3. Do you need help? How about now? Can I help you with something? Do you need anything? Has somebody been with you yet? GO AWAY!
4. Black Friday! 200$ 40" TV! In every catalog out a 50 mile radius! Oh yeah, there are only 5 of them. And they all went out to the 5 people who camped for a week.
5. We now offer a 2 year protection plan on those paperclips you purchased. It will be 50$. Let me tell you all about it before we move on to the transaction.
6. Play Station firmware incident
7. Geek Squad and most of its functions
8. How about now? Are you sure?
9. Computer section: we now sell one of the most painfully outdated video cards at full retail and wrapped in one of those thief-proof buzzer alarm things. It must be powerful!
10. Because we have this new TV that...*blam*
11. Dynex
12. Something else about the game section, but I cannot visualize it now because my mind's eye defaults back to the Microcenter game section in self defense.

newwiseman:
How hard is it to tell someone "I got hacked".

Maybe its embarrassing if your an intolerant ass but for the average person they just change their password and put out a new post saying "My account got hacked"

I'm pretty intolerant of someone impersonating me and stating untrue things. Don't care what they are.

As to your statement:

Prove your account got hacked.

And then explain to everyone about the hacking.

Once that's all done, and you *think* you've explained yourself, then deal with the months of people telling other people telling other people until you have people you've never heard of saying 'wow, why did you come out, then go back into the closet?'

It *shouldn't* be a big deal...but it too often is.

Even though this guy is against gays I hope that he fucks up the guy responsible in court.

Aprilgold:

gmaverick019:

that is a very extreme case you pointed out, as that shit gets plastered everywhere when something so horribly illogical happens. I've seen this happen to people i know (derp via facebook status's) and a solid 90% of the time people know it's either a hack or a joke, if his friends/family are that gullible to believe some random status post (or let himself get so worked up about it) then they really need to wake up and take a good whiff of the 21st century.

and while i'm not saying you don't have a point, because you do, let's remember this is Denver Colorado we are talking about here, not some random hick town out in the middle of nowhere or another random country still stuck in 3rd world mode (no offense is meant by that), so the expectations are quite different and for him to honestly sue to win money over it (the guy was fired, that is more than enough justice served) is quite absurd.

While sewing is extreme, and I'm not arguing against that, doesn't mean that it isn't out of the question. He could sue the person for the written version of slander which I can't remember the term for at the moment if it actually caused some real trouble for the man. Hell, it is a felony in multiple places, so he could still very well make that guys life a living hell.

But on topic once more, just because a state is nice doesn't mean that terrible shiz doesn't happen in it. Germany is a nice place but lest we forget that is the place where a dictator decided to kill all the Jews and rose to power. He may have been friends with very highly religious people, and since this is America, most likely insane Catholic people who most likely think that Homosexuality is not only a sin, but a plague that can be vaccinated.

As I said earlier, as well as many others, Facebook profiles can be seen by everybody and certain people will want certain things from a worker. Could have lost a buisness oppurtunity if he was looking for a new job and the dude who was manager there saw his profile, saw he was gay and said no. I can't work at Mcdonalds and rant about how much Mcdonalds is a terrible place without at least raising one eyebrow in the work place. I can't be a priest and go onto my Facebook account and say how much I love to rape children without getting slapped in the face while teaching prayer to said children.

Yes, extreme it may seem, but I wouldn't be honestly surprised if he had to seriously walk people through that he is in fact not gay. Just because your circle of friends are either indifferent or don't care about homosexuality doesn't mean all of his are the same.

Coming out is, once again, a emotional thing, and I wouldn't be surprised that after telling them that he didn't post it they thought he was trying to jump back into the closet, thus they do the thoughtful thing and try to lure him out, and after much talking they get that he was in fact telling the truth about not being homosexual.

judging by how anal the guy is, i guarantee his facebook profile was private, as only friends/family could see, and while i understand your point, these are all VERY situational very TIMELY things you are talking about, not something that occurs day to day in activities, and while yes, just because my "circle of friends" (which most of the time aren't even close friends, usually it's a friend of a friend or some distant person i met once at a party) is cool with it, doesn't mean that they WON'T be cool with it, if your friends hammer down on you that hard about it, then you either have some super douchey friends or he misunderstood them doing typical immature jokes that usually ensue a status like that.

while i agree it can be an emotional thing, i have yet to see a single person come out on a facebook status actually be serious.

not saying i don't see your point, because i do, but i'm done debating about it, as my view point won't be wavered on something as effortless as this that doesn't affect anyone outside those few entities.

Rottweiler:

I like to eat greasy cheeseburgers while watching jersey shore and ranting on how awesome america is.

sorry...was just too tempting after that first line of your post.

"sue me" :P

is it that hard to post that it was all a prank?

The irony being I do indeed like to eat greasy cheeseburgers whilst ranting about how awesome America is.

Don't like Jersey Shore.

Mind, I find it hilarious that you found:

A) eating cheeseburgers
B) talking about how awesome the country I live in is

to be grounds for slander.

Being labeled a 'Jersey Shore' watchers, sure.

DVS BSTrD:

TomLikesGuitar:

DVS BSTrD:
Yeah it's embarrassing but he's still an idiot. Plus he says "my reputation has been tarnished", almost as if being gay were, I don't know, something to be ashamed of. I have zero sympathy for someone who thinks like that.

I just feel like that's a jump to conclusions.

Also, is it really fair to call him an "idiot" for trusting someone to be professional at their job? The average person just doesn't know all the crazy shit people do when they repair your electronics. When I was fixing computers, I used to look through so many people's personal files that it's not even funny... but that just makes me an asshole; it doesn't make them an idiot.

When someone calls me gay, I just laugh and get over it. I wouldn't involve my lawyer over something that was obviously a joke. And if he really didn't bother to log off Facebook before handing his phone over to someone else, then he's really got no one but himself to blame if his profile gets tampered with.

There's a difference between being called gay and having someone take your Facebook account - and in the process taking your identity - then convincing everyone you know that you're gay. This man has had to explain to several different people, people from his past and people he currently knows that he is not gay. He still has to explain he's not gay. That's all he's been doing, he hasn't been rallying against any group or anyone... he's just tired of having to explain to people that he's straight. I'm willing to wager he is now worried about what this means for his job. Hell, this could make - if it hasn't already - his entire work environment hostile for him. With the fact that most everyone here is already hostile towards him without even knowing him and only hearing a particular sentence most likely taken out of context, I can't blame the guy.

Could he have chosen a better way to phrase it, sure. Does he mean his reputation is actually tarnished? Yeah, that's because it is. People everywhere thought of him as straight and now they think he's gay. It's no longer as he wants it, therefore it's tarnished. He probably doesn't have anything against homosexuals, but really just wants things to be back to what they were. We have no way of even discerning his opinion of homosexuality with what's been given to us, everyone is just jumping on some kind of lynch-wagon.

In fact, Grey Carter going so far to call him a homophobe without any actual evidence to back that up is committing an offence, one that can be taken to court. This guy is already looking to sue Best Buy, this is not a smart move on Mr. Carter's part.

Rottweiler:
The irony being I do indeed like to eat greasy cheeseburgers whilst ranting about how awesome America is.

Don't like Jersey Shore.

Mind, I find it hilarious that you found:

A) eating cheeseburgers
B) talking about how awesome the country I live in is

to be grounds for slander.

Being labeled a 'Jersey Shore' watchers, sure.

haha i honestly didn't even look at your profile, so that was just a shot in the sky on those two things (most people on here are super anti-nationalistic anything, especially involving america, if anything it's opposite, so that's why i added that in there)

and eating greasy cheeseburgers? well, that just adds to being american, and being considered american can be quite an insult on these parts (like i said, didn't look at your profile so that was a toss up)

figured the jersey shore part had to at least get ya, that's russian roulette with a full gun ;)

There are worse things than people's thinking that you're gay.

If there were gay rumor surrounding me, I'd rather just ignore the rumor rather than try to address it.

capcha: queen of hearts (there has to be a joke in there somewhere)

Is it just me or does anyone else see being called homophobic as a bigger insult than being called homosexual? I know that personally when I first heard the term "homo" used as an insult, I immediately assumed it meant homophobic, and when my father then explained that it meant homosexual, I was confused. Being gay isn't a bad thing, is what popped into my head. So yeah, to me his reputation was ruined by getting ticked off and claiming his reputation was ruined. ( yay irony)

That's my 2 cents.

I think the labeling him as a homophobe is a bit over the top, and is is a bit unprofessional on the part of the reporter. As to my take on this whole thing... there some things here that I think that people in this thread are failing to take into consideration.

One is trust. When he gave the phone to Best Buy to service, he was placing a certain amount of trust in them to respect his privacy. While there is consensus that he should have logged out of Facebook... in reality, he shouldn't have HAD to. It's similar to if I have to take my own phone in to get serviced, I shouldn't have to worry about some asshole at wherever-it-is using my Google Play account to fuck with my account and screw me over financially. It's a very similar situation, except one is financial, and the other is reputational.

Another thing though, is tone, or gravitas, or whatever. Consider for a moment, that instead of him being a straight man who was fucked over by a Best Buy employee, he was instead a closeted gay man who's coming out. I could very easily see somebody in that situation doing something simple and straight to the point like a Facebook status message like this of "I am gay, I'm coming out." to break the ice and get it over with. If this was worded as something like "I love smoking cocks!" for instance, it'd be a lot easier for people to dismiss it as a prank.

I had a bit of sympathy for him at first since it wasn't true, but after he said his reputation was "tarnished" all sympathy went out the window.

Absolutionis:
You're all really missing the point.

The guy handed in the phone to Best Buy, and the Best Buy employee abused his position. The customer was wronged, and there's nothing to "get over". This is the main point.

The details of homosexuality and whatnot are just the means.

I agree. While one's sexual preference can be considered sensitive, it could have been worse. The employee could have posted a racial/ethnic hate post on the guy's facebook account. Or maybe post a false rant on how he hates the company he works for and get the guy fired. Point is, the employee intentionally posted a statement on the guy's facebook account as the account holder. The man left his phone with the repair service with the intention of it getting repaired, not to be exploited in some juvenile prank.

Seeing that Bust Buy has had issues before, (as in 5-7 years ago) Geek Squad employees accessing private files (looking for porn and copying it on to their personal drives) they had no business looking into, they don't need another issue where it's shown they employ people with irresponsible behavior.

I don't think a $50 gift card is gonna make this thing go away.

Proverbial Jon:
This is hilarious.

Not because of the prank itself but the fact that Facebook has grown so huge that it can apparently affect your entire life to this extent.

Another reason why I don't bother with the damned parasite.

I was going to post something along these lines, but I see you already pipped me to the post!

I loathe Facebook; I don't think it's an inherently evil concept, but the implementation... Every single member of my family has Facebook, and in the case of two of them, even in the "Real World" they can't say more than two sentences without mentioning it or Twitter. It's scary.

Well, in times of yore he'd just have been able to punch the Best Buy employee in the face with the rage of an angry God, call him arsehole, refute the nonsense claim and that would be the end of it since the other guy would accept he got busted and take his licks like a grown up. However, that is no longer acceptable, so the affected customer is taking legal action against the smug prick who screwed him over instead.

You can call it whiney, you can ask him to have a cup of concrete to harden up, whatever. But I'd be willing to bet 10 bucks that if he could get away with it, just punching the arsehole in the jaw would have settled the matter.

Calling the guy a homophobe with nothin to back that up. Real classy Grey Carter. Wait no, I mean sick.

Look, I get it. You all like to add little jokes in here and there to news articles. The last one was meh, but at least it was still easily spotted as a joke. Straight up sayin he isn't fond of homosexuals with absolutely no proof to that is disgustin and puts you at the level of those people we all despise who make shit up on all those news channels (Fox isn't the only one). Seriously. Its sick and wrong and I can't believe I read it here.

Oh, so you're not gay. You're a wanker.

Good to know.

Raven's Nest:
And I thought I took life too seriously... Pffft, what a loser.

Nope, people shouldn't get angry when a supposed professional impersonates them and fucks with their personal information.

God sometimes I wonder what this world is coming to.

EDIT for OT: And the next news story is.... The escapist being sued by the same guy for slandering him by calling him a homophobe when he just doesn't want to be identified as gay! I would seriously laugh my ass off.

Honestly I very much question how offended he is. I tend to think he smells money out of a court case and is going for it.

TopazFusion:

Fluffles:
But seriously, grow some balls.

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Because it's a saying. I've had testicles the size of grapefruits and that was an uncomfortable experience.

Ilikemilkshake:
Wow talk about not being able to take a joke.
Who really doesn't see an "i am gay" post on facebook and not immediately think it's a frape anyway?

Adults. And if somebody I didn't know went through my personal things I would be pretty damn pissed off too.

Haha..oh man, that's a hilarious prank. Someone logging in on someone's Facebook account and posting stupid things. What a priceless gag! It's going to be even more funny if that stunt lands him two years in prison after being charged with identity theft.

Chairman Miaow:

Ilikemilkshake:
Wow talk about not being able to take a joke.
Who really doesn't see an "i am gay" post on facebook and not immediately think it's a frape anyway?

Adults. And if somebody I didn't know went through my personal things I would be pretty damn pissed off too.

I'm not saying i wouldn't be pissed at someone going through my stuff, It's pretty damn unprofessional of the employee to do that and he should be punished for it.
But at the same time i think the guy overreacted.

Sounds like it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

He apparently isn't very fond of homosexuals

Wait, what? When did he say that? Someone defamed him. That doesn't say anything about his views on homosexuality, just that he's pissed off someone pulled this prank on him which meant he had to deal with a lot of unwanted attention over something that wasn't true. Irrespective of what it is, the Best Buy employee was wrong to do it.

So why is the Escapist painting him as a homophobe?

FelixG:

Raven's Nest:
And I thought I took life too seriously... Pffft, what a loser.

Nope, people shouldn't get angry when a supposed professional impersonates them and fucks with their personal information.

God sometimes I wonder what this world is coming to.

EDIT for OT: And the next news story is.... The escapist being sued by the same guy for slandering him by calling him a homophobe when he just doesn't want to be identified as gay! I would seriously laugh my ass off.

I'm not saying what the employee did was fine. I'm saying the "victim" is over reacting and should get over it. There is real, bloody injustices going on in the world. When I see people like this proclaim their reputation has been tarnished over something like that I can't help but think lol, first world problems...

Raven's Nest:
I'm not saying what the employee did was fine. I'm saying the "victim" is over reacting and should get over it. There is real, bloody injustices going on in the world. When I see people like this proclaim their reputation has been tarnished over something like that I can't help but think lol, first world problems...

"First world" problems are still problems. Just because there are bigger problems out there doesn't mean things like this are... what... blessings? If I pay $5 for a burger and they don't give it to me, I'm not going to starve or anything, but it's still a problem: I'm going to do what I can to get it fixed.

So far, we're painting this guy as an overreacting homophobe, and our only evidence is that we're being told by a supposedly disinterested party that he's a homophobe.

Oh, the guy's offended at being called gay? It must be that he hates all gays. That's ridiculous. If someone accessed my Facebook without permission and put up a message that I had sex with a coworker, I'd be intensely offended and I'd fight back -- does that mean I hate the coworker?

As to pursuing legal action, it's called "trying to do something." When someone wrongs you, it's only human nature to want to do something back. He's looking into what he can do, nothing more. He hasn't said he's suing the guy, he hasn't said he wants a bajillion dollars.

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