After an iPhone user shared his knowledge of Apple products in response to receiving suspicious messages, an Apple employee is asking the company not to fire him.
TikTok user, comedian and hardware engineer Paris Campbell (@stopitparis) posted a one-of-a-kind follow-up video, saying that her employer was unhappy with her public identity as an Apple employee.
“I am an Apple employee and this is a message for Apple,” she says in the video. “Right now I’m waiting patiently to find out if I’m going to be fired for a video I posted three days ago, the video being considered has nearly 5 million views This is a video in which I respond to a woman named Stella who has lost her iPhone.”
@stopitparis hey apple don’t fire me #techtok #greenscreen original soundtrack – paris campbell
In a phone call interview with the Daily Dot, Campbell said she is a single mother and recently lost her home in a fire, and is preparing to seek alternative employment if her appeal to the company is not heard. Still working. Before her first video caught her employer’s attention and her manager informed her that she might lose her job, Campbell said she had a very positive experience with the company.
“I will certainly use any resources I possibly can to obtain legal representation to appeal the decision through Apple,” she said. “If that’s not possible, maybe take it to court. I can’t say for sure at this point, but the opportunities coming my way will be something I’m looking for, and something I’m very open to.” “
Campbell clarified that the video she posted was created to help someone and that the information shared is already available to the public.
“Whatever I said in this video was not already public knowledge, I did not violate any kind of privacy,” she says in the follow-up. “What I did was create an incredibly accurate video that apparently resonated with millions of people. It’s not me just banging my horn, because apparently, Newsweek thought the same way,” advises the publication. associated with coverage.
It said it has reviewed Apple’s social media policy, which does not prohibit employees from publicly identifying themselves as such, only in a way that would negatively impact the company.
“If you ask me, reinforcing the public’s trust in Apple’s security isn’t something that makes the company look bad,” she continues in the video. “Especially when it reaches 5 million people in less than 24 hours. If we want to get technical, I’ve never identified myself as an Apple employee until this video. I’ve made tongue-in-cheek references that make people wonder if I work for Blackberry, if I work for Apple, if I work for a third party company outright. . But no, I work for Apple and I would love to continue working for Apple.”
In her six years as an Apple employee, Campbell describes her performance at work in the video as “stellar.”
“If I’m going to be fired anyway and I have your attention, I might even try to use that to my advantage,” she says. “Apple, you didn’t hire me to make TikTok videos, but apparently I’m pretty good at it. Since posting that one video I have been asked to post by many others on the subject and I have posted a few that have done great. Talking about your products and technology in general and how people can deal with it in their everyday lives is something I’m best at, and you guys know that because you worked for me to make it happen. kept on. ,
In her interview, she said that any potential employer who might be interested in her experience as a technician should know that she is extremely hardworking, dedicated and passionate when it comes to her work. Long before she began working professionally for the company, Campbell said she was inspired to build her technical knowledge by taking apart her own Apple devices, knowing how they work.
“I admired the company for many years before I started working for them,” she said. “I was like your classic Apple fan-girl teenager. I would take devices apart as a kid to see how they worked. My early technical knowledge was pretty self-taught and all very much inspired by Apple’s culture .
Ultimately, she asks the intended audience, Apple, to consider it an opportunity to preserve its ability to teach others about its products by choosing not to fire her.
“It’s me going over my manager’s head, doing things that will probably get me fired,” she says. “But there was a time Apple respected when people did things that were really wacky and out-of-the-box. It’s definitely wacky and out-of-the-box. I don’t know Apple.” All I’m saying is that maybe I’m in the wrong position with you. Maybe if you don’t want my skills, maybe someone else does.”
The Daily Dot has contacted Apple directly via email regarding the video.
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*First published: August 13, 2022, 3:12 pm CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.