Dad sues Sprint, says son found porn on new phone

A Los Angeles man claims what he thought was a new phone in fact contained pornographic pictures and videos of store staff, which was viewed by his young son.

When you buy a new phone, you have a reasonable expectation that it will have nothing on it.

It therefore comes as a surprise when you open it up and discover pictures of people with nothing on.

This is the allegation being laid in a lawsuit against Sprint and Nextel by the father of a young son in Pasadena, Calif.

As CBS Los Angeles reports, Arsen Garibyan says the phone he bought from a Sprint dealer in October 2011 contained pornographic images and videos of people he identifies as Sprint store staff in a Pasadena, Calif., store.

His lawsuit claims that the his son, who is underage, began to play with the phone and discovered the offensive images.

Sprint issued a very carefully-worded statement: "This incident occurred at a retail store in Pasadena that was selling Sprint products. Sprint does not condone this behavior. The sales representatives allegedly implicated were NOT Sprint employees."

The statement continued: "We terminated our relationship with this dealer shortly after the incident. Our investigation into this matter continues."

This isn't the first time in history that the staff of an electronics store have been accused of tampering with phones. Last year, Best Buy staff were accused of taking a customer's phone and updating his Facebook status to "gay."

Also last year, again at a Best Buy, a woman claimed that a member of store staff had copied steamy photos and tried to get her to come to his house to retrieve a CD of them .

Again in 2012, Radio Shack and Sprint were sued by a Georgia mother who claimed her 13-year-old discovered porn on her newly-bought phone.

It's possible that the alleged sense of humor of staff in computer stores simply doesn't change over the years.

 

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