Best Buy keeps worker whose videos skewer smart-phone set
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.