Best Buy keeps worker whose videos skewer smart-phone set

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Com­piled from wire re­ports

Best Buy em­ployee Brian Maupin’s videos mock­ing con­sumers’ blind al­le­giance to smart phones landed him in the dog­house last week, but the con­sumer elec­tron­ics re­tailer says it won’t fire him.

In a state­ment, Rich­field, Minn.-based Best Buy Stores Inc. said it com­pleted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the 25-year-old Maupin, who is sched­uled to re­turn to the store in In­de­pen­dence, Mo., where he has worked since 2007. But Maupin said he doesn’t know whether he’ll head back to the sales floor, writ­ing on his Twit­ter page that he plans on tak­ing a few days off to con­sider his ca­reer plans.

Best Buy’s in­quiry didn’t in­volve Maupin’s lat­est an­i­mated videos, which ini­tially drew his em­ploy­ers’ ire and have got­ten more than 3.3 mil­lion views since go­ing up Mon­day on YouTube.

The pro­fan­ity-laced videos fea­ture car­toon char­ac­ters that lam­poon iPhone 4 and Evo 4G devo­tees as mind­less trend fol­low­ers but don’t specif­i­cally men­tion the re­tailer. Best Buy was more concerned with three videos Maupin posted in late June in which the com­pany was men­tioned.

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