updated 11:15 pm EDT, Thu August 21, 2008
SoHo store inconsiderate
Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan is getting a bad rap with its neighbors for creating an uncomfortable business environment, with supposedly irresponsible staff, high noise levels, and Apple's infamous concert-style events. According to CNN Money, complaints have been directed at the location since it opened six years ago, earning the reputation of being "the worst neighbor in SoHo." Residents are upset even with features of the building itself, saying the bright lights on top of the store shine into their homes.
Many of the issues stem from the crowds drawn in by Apple's shows and product releases. The lineups, littering and camp-outs leave some likening the area to a homeless shelter. Crowds of eager teenagers create bothersome noise with screaming and has even led to injuries, with one resident being injured by the moving throngs.
Apple employees were also cited, occupying nearby stoops and storefronts for their food or smoke breaks.
When called upon for comment, Apple officials have been silent so far.