Best Buy employee Brian Maupin of Kansas City, Missouri, hoisted up a satirical anime video on YouTube that depicted a sales associate trying to up-sell an HTC EVO 4G phone to a fanatic bent on buying an iPhone 4 on launch day. That video now has Maupin suspended, awaiting a possible termination notice from the retailer.
Although the video never mentions Best Buy, the company still asked Maupin to pull it down. When Maupin refused to remove the video from YouTube, he was suspended.
25-year-old Brian Maupin, alleges that he was first asked to quit by Best Buy, when he declined to do so, they suspended him indicating that he would more than likely be terminated after they review the circumstances with HR.
This hysterically funny video short has been viewed well over 3.2 million times and it's still gaining more views by the minute. An observation from one commenter nailed the heart of this corporate buffoonery dead on.
"I never would have associated this video with Best Buy until Best Buy pointed it out." cdot wrote on the NBC blog.
My thoughts exactly. I'm certain Brian Maupin will eventually be offered his own anime TV show when the dust finally settles. He's good!