My wife and I recently stopped in at the IFC Apple store so that we could get some cables to connect the iPads and MacBook Airs (MBAs) and whatnot in our household to other gadgets.
We tell the clerk which models of iPad and MBA we have and what kind of ends we want on the cables and he trundles off, leaves the shop, and comes back with the cables. Fine so far. For the payment, he hands us off to a colleague. I elect to pay be EPS, he swipes my card in a normal-looking EPS thingie, IIRC. Great.
What happened after, though, was a bit odd. The kid held onto my EPS card, whipped out his iPhone, and began hand-typing my particulars (my name, EPS card #, and other stuff that I didn't get a good gander at -- possibly a transaction code from the receipt or sth else) off the card into an app on his phone (in a chunky case to, I suppose, hold some sort of extra battery). I watched him for a moment and then asked him what he was doing.
He told me that he was entering my info into his phone for warranty purposes but didn't have any good response when I pointed out that (1.) they were just cables and I didn't care if they broke and, more importantly, (2.) I already had a receipt and that should be enough to get me whatever sort of service I'd be entitled to under a warranty on cables. He showed me that he was deleting the info he had already entered, but I have no doubt that he could easily recover it once I left.
I don't think it was a scam since it seems unlikely that anybody would be brazen enough, even in the city of ripoffs, to do something crazy right in front of the victim in IFC in a BigCo shop .... but has anybody else experienced anything like this at the Apple shop before?
The closest I've come to it was when my wife last bought shoes at the Ferragamo in Elements a few months back and, at some point before the transaction had been completed, they passed her a little give-us-all-ur-demographics questionnaire to fill out, supposedly for warranty purposes again. When I objected, they dropped it, but it was irritating.