UPDATE: Best Buy employee can keep job
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A Best Buy employee has been suspended and may be fired after he created a satirical video and posted it on YouTube .
Brian Maupin of Kansas City, Missouri, created the cartoon video about the iPhone 4 versus the HTC EVO phone.
The video portrays an electronics store employee trying to convince a customer wanting an iPhone 4 to purchase an HTC EVO 4G phone instead.
The video became so popular, more than 1. 3 million views on YouTube as of Thursday, that someone at Best Buy saw it. While most people find the video funny, Best Buy corporate did not.
When they realized the creator worked for them, they asked him to take the video down.
When Maupin refused to take the video down because it didn't mention Best Buy, he was suspended.
"I can understand them wanting to, not wanting people to get the impression that Best Buy is like this and this is how it is when you come to our store but you also kind of have to have that, you have to be able to laugh at yourself and say I realize this is an extreme exaggeration. This isn't what is happening at this store,” Maupin said.
We tried contacting Best Buy Thursday night but got no response.
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