After reading about the performance of Windows Vista on a MacBook Pro in PC World’s article The Most Notable Notebooks of 2007 I figured I would check out the Apple store.
I walk into the store with my daughter, and we are looking around at all the sexy machines. Apple does make hardware that not only pleases the eyes, but has great features and functionality. We were politely approached by a few sales people to ask if we needed help, I declined because I just wanted to look around.
As I am drooling over an iMac with a 24 inch screen, that is one good looking screen, I hear the sales person next to me talking to a customer. Here are a few snippets of what I overheard:
- Vista is a poor rip off of the Mac operating system of 5 years ago.
- Microsoft is a bunch of lazy, ignorant hacks that just steal the work of others.
It was at this point that I took my daughter and walked out of the store. I told my daughter that only petty, small minded people say derogatory things to make themselves look better. To myself I wondered if all Apple store employees are such dicks? I would have said something to the Apple store employee, but how do you change someone that has such ingrained ideas?
In the past my overall perception of Apple users is that they are a bunch of elitist a-holes, and this incident does nothing to change that perception. I do know some Mac users that are more interested in using the technology that best suits their needs instead of having religious wars about operating systems, but this incident reinforces that elitist attitude I have encountered in the past.
This incident makes me want to rethink purchasing a Mac. I will go check another Mac store to see if I have to put up with this kind of crappy attitude in order to purchase Apple hardware. I will have to say that I was bummed by this encounter. As I have said before I like to make myself better, by bettering the people around me, not tearing them down.
The Mac I was thinking of purchasing – I may not now, because who wants to deal with a bunch of dicks?