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Watch out for tiktokers.  You could lose your job because of them

Watch out for tiktokers. You could lose your job because of them

Recently, Daniel Mack’s films asking owners of expensive cars about their profession have become popular on TikTok. Tony Blevins, the former senior vice president of purchasing, was fired after appearing in one of these films with Apple.

Blevins is leaving Apple

Blevins’ video was posted on TikTok on September 5th. Daniel Mack went to the former Apple VP of Apple who was sitting in a Mercedes SLR McLaren for about half a million dollars and asked about his profession.

There would be nothing unusual in this if Blevins did not want to paraphrase the monologue of one of the heroes of the film “Arthur”, directed by Steve Gordon in 1981:

“I have expensive cars, I play golf and pet big-breasted women, but I take the weekend off on weekends and on important holidays.” Blevins added that he had very good dental care.

Because of this statement, Blevins was fired from his job. It should be noted, however, that the former Apple vice president expressed his regret and apologies to everyone who was offended by his statement.

Blevins has worked for Apple for 22 years and was most recently responsible for contracting with suppliers and business partners. Recently, he was working on a contract with Globalstar Inc. , which aims to provide services related to satellite communications. This functionality will be available in the iPhone 14 series in the near future.

It should be noted that Blevins was one of about 30 managers reporting directly to Tim Cook or Jeff Williams. The latter is the company’s COO and his decision was to fire Blevins.

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Blevins tiktok

The video has reportedly become a topic of discussion among Apple employees who have expressed concerns about the aforementioned statement. Even Tim Cook and Jeff Williams mentioned above were negative about Blevins’ position.

Blevins was a key employee at Apple. In an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2020, he was identified as the number one person to help lower the company’s operating costs and dubbed the “Blevinator.”

At the time of writing, the above video has garnered more than 1.7 million views and more than 181,000 likes.

Source: Bloomberg, graphics: screenshots from tiktok.com/@itsdanielmac