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Pranksters slap Windows logo on Apple's Hamburg store

The Local · 6 Jun 2011, 11:52

Published: 06 Jun 2011 11:52 GMT+02:00

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The prank happened in broad daylight on Friday and was posted on video portal Youtube by the group calling itself the “WAVcollective.”

It appears to show two men in construction clothes using a ladder to paste the logo to the side of the building in front of apparently unaware passersby before they saunter away.

It’s not clear if they had a personal motive for dissing Apple or if it was just a techie joke. But the prank has gained notoriety on the web for its brazenness.

Apple Germany spokesman Georg Albrecht told The Local that he had no comment on the incident, but it will certainly help fan the flames of the eternal Mac-PC wars.

Apple said the store near the Jungfernstieg metro station is set to open this summer or autumn. It will be the second one in the Hamburg area.

See the prank below:

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13:30 June 6, 2011 by vossy
LOL - Apple sucks, why people buy their products is a mystery to me, you cant use bluetooth and you cant run flash player - get a real computer and a real phone.
13:41 June 6, 2011 by marimay
Don't be such a dork. There is a reason apple does so well and it certainly isn't because they suck.

I like apple. Having worked with both, I can't wait to ditch windows.
15:07 June 6, 2011 by dcgi
How is this a prank? Or even funny? If you're going to slap another OS's logo over it, at least make it a tux .

@vossy: I use bluetooth and run flash player just fine on my macbook pro, maybe you'll realise that Apple isn't just an iPod, iPad, iPhone -_-
16:09 June 6, 2011 by c12dat

Apparently you have never used an Apple product. Do you remember what it was like before Window 95? I thought it was funny back then that people were lining up to purchase Windows 95/98; which basically emmulate the Mac OS.

I always used a Mac of one sort or another since '86. Apple has it fair share of problems over the years, but all minor. Great company and great products.
18:15 June 6, 2011 by duckys

OH yah that is right... file sharing with a dfs system is so easy with a Mac... oh wait implementing a MAC into Active Directory is easy too....

Does Apple have a business related server such as Windows Servers...!??!

but no never mind the stupid little beach ball that takes forever to load programs...

is there a packaging tool that you can force applications down to your desktop or even lock down your desktop so that users.... cannot change anything?

Do you have an registry?!?!

Is it easy to edit applications to a custom built?!?!?

let me answer these questions for you!?!?


Windows will always be a business environment operating system. Keep your play toys at home! (Mac users..)
21:43 June 6, 2011 by vossy
Like I said - APPLE SUCKS, Mac book??. Why is it there are so many forums where mac users are asking "how can I get this to work on mac"? Linux is the answer followed by Windows and then bringing up the rear is mmmmmmmmmac - sorry it wouldn't load straight away!
22:04 June 6, 2011 by starsh3ro
would be a lot cooler if they at least put the colours of the logo in the right order.
01:18 June 7, 2011 by mobiusro
Why go to such extents to make fun? You can always wait for it to open and go to a sales person and ask "Do you have windows?" The sales person (thinking you are a confused user) will most likely say "No, it's an apple store". At that moment, you can point to the closest window or bang on it- "What's this then?" :))

Or do they make a rule not to have any windows in the Apple Stores? :D
02:45 June 7, 2011 by vonSchwerin
I knew that "PC" would get the last laugh in the end. Mac was also so "cool" in his slacker clothes and boasting about this virus-free, highly designed computer. But brainy PC in his suit and dork glasses finally showed Mac!
10:31 June 7, 2011 by Ebolter
Cool ! hehe
10:44 June 7, 2011 by PawD
Cool prank... btw if Mac was really so cool then why do people end up loading Windows on a virtual machine on their Macs? To me Mac is only for those who want to show off how much cash they have to throw around! If one really needs to do hard-core computation then he should go for Linux otherwise for other programs Windows always remain compatible!
11:52 June 7, 2011 by Cayle

>is there a packaging tool that you can force applications down to your desktop or even lock down your desktop so that users.... cannot change anything?

So I can't pin and unpin the aps that I use frequently? So I have to go find those apps wherever the IT overlords deemed fit to put them? I can rest assured that usability and workflow were not anywhere on their criteria list. I know too many IT types to have hope there.

Or align the taskbar on the side? On, widescreen monitors, the taskbar along the bottom only skews the aspect ratio even more and some users prefer to align it on the side. But some users positively HATE this and will insist on leaving it in the stock position.
13:54 June 7, 2011 by MrBowlocks
Every time you buy an Apple product you get slapped with a 60% a*sehole-tax!
14:15 June 7, 2011 by marimay
Reading the comment section just gives me more reason to prefer apple.
21:34 June 7, 2011 by Sysconfig
I hate seeing one religious cult bash another! Sad..
23:08 June 7, 2011 by lunchbreak
Funny to see the windoze crowd try to poke some fun at Apple's growing retail store fleet. Of course the only thing they accomplished was an unimaginative example of just how jealous they are of Apple's deserved success. It took a genus like Jobs to prove to the tech world just how superior a business model elegance and ease of use are to the competition. God help the PC crowd if pasting logos on construction sites is the only answer they have to Apple's runaway success.
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