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Fake Apple Store Clerk Knows He's Fake!

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Folks, the knockoff computer has become self-aware.

Yesterday, Minyanville relayed the tale of a blogger who came upon an Apple Store while in Kunming, China. But this wasn't your ordinary officially licensed Apple Store. This was, as comedian Paul F. Tompkins would put it, the "phoniest of baloneys."

Yes, not only have Chinese scammers mastered the art of counterfeiting iPhones and iPads, but also entire Apple Stores -- with an authentic look down to the wooden tables, posters, and employee badges.

While the author of the blog BirdAbroad asserted that the store was so convincing that even its staff believed they were working for Apple, one such employee has spoken out and denied the claim. In short, they know about the operation and they don't care.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, the Kunming staffer said, "It doesn't make much of a difference for us whether we're authorized or not." Adding, "I just care that what I sell every day are authentic Apple products, and that our customers don't come back to me to complain about the quality of the products."

BirdAbroad also mentioned the presence of two other phony Apple Stores just a short walk away from the one they originally visited. But if it's a question of quality, the Kunming employee must stay loyal to his home base. "I think in Yunnan, our store should be one of the best in terms of scale and the level of professionalism."

As the Journal noted, it doesn't call itself a "Apple Stoer" like the competition.

So much for the legal loophole.

(See also: Chinese Scammers Counterfeit an Entire Apple Store! and The Cases Against Apple's Lion OS)

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