Woman’s horror after Best Buy employee steals ‘racy’ photos from iPhone and says she must go to his house to get them back
A mother who went to have her cell phone fixed at Best Buy has spoken of her fury after a male employee copied racy photos of her to a CD before later inviting her to his home to collect them.
Last April, Sophia Ellison hired a Geek Squad employee in Fairfax, Virginia to transfer hundreds of photos, numbers and contacts to a newly purchased iPhone for her.
Instead, he copied them on to his own computer and demanded that she see him in person if she wanted to get them back.
‘I felt sick. I felt violated. I felt so embarrassed,’ Ms Ellison told WTOP after claiming the man had stolen her pictures.
Originally approaching the employee to get the cracked screen on her iPhone replaced before being told she was eligible for an upgrade, the employee identified only as George offered to buy her old iPhone off her for $60 out of pocket.
‘I said OK but everything will be wiped clean? And he said yeah, everything will be gone. And I said OK,’ she said.
When he returned to the counter an hour later, he allegedly told her that he had wiped everything clean from her old phone and handed her the cash for it straight from his wallet.
Flipping through her new phone, all her contacts were there.
‘I just assumed that all my pictures were going to be there too,’ she said.
It was a day later she realized all 900 of them, as well as some videos, were missing.