New Orleans police officer accused of stealing AirPods from Apple store

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A NOPD police officer has resigned from the force following accusations that she stole a pair of AirPods from Apple Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, La.




Ayona McGilberry's misdemeanor theft charge traces back to an incident on Monday, The Times-Picayune explained. Around 1:40 p.m. local time, McGilberry is said to have been in the Apple store getting her iPhone repaired. A clerk said that the officer asked about AirPods, nominally saying she should would buy some later, but then grabbed a pair on her way out without paying -- while still in uniform.

By the time Sheriff's Office deputies arrived, McGilberry was gone, but her iPhone repair information made it easy to track her down.

AirPods have proven a hit for Apple, even now commanding intense demand. At $159, though, they're also not cheap, and their size could make them tempting for thieves.

Apple is believed to be working on a pair of high-end, self-branded over-the-ear headphones for launch in late 2018 or sometime thereafter. Second-generation AirPods could ship around the same time, though they're unlikely to be a radical redesign.
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  • Reply 1 of 30
    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    magman1979lollivertzm41cornchipracerhomie3jony0bshank
  • Reply 2 of 30
    Are you sure she resigned? This being New Orleans, I figured it might be some police initiation rite.
    retrogustocornchip
  • Reply 3 of 30
    mavemufcmavemufc Posts: 303member
    Hahaha what, risking his career for a pair of 200 dollar earphones.
  • Reply 4 of 30
    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    Becasue they are stupid. The question is - why did the selection process not pick up on that?
    magman1979
  • Reply 5 of 30
    FolioFolio Posts: 281member
    Maybe they fit so well she forgot em...
  • Reply 6 of 30
    Folio said:
    Maybe they fit so well she forgot em...
    I have forgotten that mine are in sometimes. But for the most part I’m aware that they are there. 

    I have always been a little confused by the act of stealing something that is easily affordable. 
    lolliver
  • Reply 7 of 30
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,912member
    mavemufc said:
    Hahaha what, risking his career for a pair of 200 dollar earphones.
    Her. 
    anton zuykov
  • Reply 8 of 30
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,912member
    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    Becasue they are stupid. The question is - why did the selection process not pick up on that?
    We have a severely undermanned police force in New Orleans, at least 500 below what is needed. The applicant pool is not great due to poor education system in a poverty stricken city with almost no middle class. 
    randominternetpersoncityguide
  • Reply 9 of 30
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,912member
    jsmythe00 said:

    If this would have been a ma and pa shop, they would have locked the owners up for complaining
    Incorrect. The theft occurred in a different city, Metairie, which is in neighboring Jefferson Parish. NOPD has no power or influence there. 
    edited March 6
  • Reply 10 of 30
    NOLA has always been a “special” place- as in different - and the law enforcement there has always had a reputation.
    cornchip
  • Reply 11 of 30
    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    Becasue they are stupid. The question is - why did the selection process not pick up on that?
    We have a severely undermanned police force in New Orleans, at least 500 below what is needed. The applicant pool is not great due to poor education system in a poverty stricken city with almost no middle class. 
    There is a reason for that. And knowing the issues that cops face in the US today, it is probably this: normal educated-with-high-moral-standards people do not want to go to the police, since today's view of the profession is mostly negative, thanks to the left-leaning MSM touting that. That means, that instead of that kind of candidates, you will be hiring from people with MUCH lower standards and with other motivations in joining the force. And the thing is - if that is the case, even increasing salaries 40-60% will not help to turn the situation around.
    Berkeley police (California) is going through this same situation of severe understaffing right now (a lot of cops left for other cities departments that are less fond of antifa)

    edited March 6
  • Reply 12 of 30
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,912member
    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    Becasue they are stupid. The question is - why did the selection process not pick up on that?
    We have a severely undermanned police force in New Orleans, at least 500 below what is needed. The applicant pool is not great due to poor education system in a poverty stricken city with almost no middle class. 
    There is a reason for that. And knowing the issues that cops face in the US today, it is probably this: normal educated-with-high-moral-standards people do not want to go to the police, since today's view of the profession is mostly negative, thanks to the left-leaning MSM touting that. That means, that instead of that kind of candidates, you will be hiring from people with MUCH lower standards and with other motivations in joining the force. And the thing is - if that is the case, even increasing salaries 40-60% will not help to turn the situation around.
    Berkeley police (California) is going through this same situation of severe understaffing right now (a lot of cops left for other cities departments that are less fond of antifa)

    Actually it’s because our mayor instituted a hiring freeze several years ago when he should not have. But nice try pushing your agenda onto a place you literally know nothing about. 

    I wrote software for the NOPD for several years. 
    edited March 6 zoetmbdsdronnbaconstangmac_dogtex210colinngcityguide
  • Reply 13 of 30
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 4,912member

    jsmythe00 said:
    jsmythe00 said:

    If this would have been a ma and pa shop, they would have locked the owners up for complaining
    Incorrect. The theft occurred in a different city, Metairie, which is in neighboring Jefferson Parish. NOPD has no power or influence there. 
    Entitlement is not geographical related.  it's status related.
    You’re confused. I quoted directly your claim that if this were a ma and pa shop the owners would be locked up for complaining. I explained to you why that is nonsense.
    lolliver
  • Reply 14 of 30
    “Due to the political nature of this topic...”  ;)
    lolliverbaconstang
  • Reply 15 of 30
    ronnronn Posts: 255member
    I remember a "60 Minutes" story on the corruption of the NOPD: Low pay, low standards and generally corrupt mentality from pols that didn't want to do anything about it. I imagine it's much worse after Katrina and the brain-dead hiring freeze of a few years ago.

    A couple acquaintances said Treme and movies accurately portrayed the thuggish nature of the force. NOPD members would blatantly steal from and demand protection money from small business owners, especially clubs/bars. And they didn't restrict themselves to just New Orleans, but the surrounding areas as well.
    cornchip
  • Reply 16 of 30
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,247member
    Maybe she felt that Apple owed her something?

    But to give up her career... maybe it was her way of sabotaging herself...

  • Reply 17 of 30
    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    Becasue they are stupid. The question is - why did the selection process not pick up on that?
    We have a severely undermanned police force in New Orleans, at least 500 below what is needed. The applicant pool is not great due to poor education system in a poverty stricken city with almost no middle class. 
    There is a reason for that. And knowing the issues that cops face in the US today, it is probably this: normal educated-with-high-moral-standards people do not want to go to the police, since today's view of the profession is mostly negative, thanks to the left-leaning MSM touting that. That means, that instead of that kind of candidates, you will be hiring from people with MUCH lower standards and with other motivations in joining the force. And the thing is - if that is the case, even increasing salaries 40-60% will not help to turn the situation around.
    Berkeley police (California) is going through this same situation of severe understaffing right now (a lot of cops left for other cities departments that are less fond of antifa)

    Actually it’s because our mayor instituted a hiring freeze several years ago when he should not have. But nice try pushing your agenda onto a place you literally know nothing about. 

    I wrote software for the NOPD for several years. 

    "Berkeley Police Department, or BPD, now faces the prospect of more staff departures, with a reported 80 percent of current officers considering leaving the department, according to a survey conducted by the Berkeley Police Association, or BPA."
    http://www.dailycal.org/2018/02/07/80-percent-of-berkeley-police-officers-considering-leaving-survey-says/

    So, why does "
    hiring freeze" that the mayor supposedly instituted, affect those officers already serving in the force? Why are they thinking about leaving? What happened?

    I call BS on what you offered as a dismissal.. Here is why:

    1) Berkeley is known as one of the most socialist places in the US. It is a fact.
    2) The mayor is a well known supporter of antifa and was in friends on their facebook page for quite some time. It is a fact.
    3) he is supporter of a group of "By Any Means Necessary". It is a fact.
    4) Police did not respond to the riots in the way it should have (supposedly due to the mayor ordering that).

    Now, (according to you) all those facts (1-3) are completely coincidental to the fact that police officer numbers are dwindling in that city.
    But, of course, you are correct, since you wrote software for NOPD. (which is still irrelevant to the facts and the problem at hand) /s
    SMH
    edited March 6 SpamSandwichmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 18 of 30
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,836member
    What an idiot! Gave up $50k job for $170 pair of earpiece? LOL.
  • Reply 19 of 30
    thrangthrang Posts: 711member
    Would have been neat if they dispatched her to the Apple Store to investigate the theft...
    GG1cornchip
  • Reply 20 of 30
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,330member
    How much is a police officer's salary? Surely enough that $200 isn't significant. Definitely not worth risking your career over. Why do people do these things?
    If the police department had bothered to check her Twitter posts before hiring her, they could’ve avoided the entire incident:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Skylars_Mommyie

    She looks like a real winner.
    kent909cornchip
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