Don’t ever sit on the black balls at the kids table in Apple retail stores, recommends supposed former employee and Redditor Mister_Rabbit. It seems that as 370 million people visit an Apple Store each year, a few of the kids are leaving something behind when they go.
Though we can’t verify if he really worked there, Mister_Rabbit writes:
“Going through my old photos from when I worked in Apple retail years ago and came across this gem, the kid’s table piss ball. I had almost forgotten that little tidbit of knowledge I had learned from the job. Apparently when kids are really into a game they will often choose to just pee in their seat without stopping what they’re doing. The result? Squishy black ball seats. I had never really believed that kids would do this until I walked by while they were retiring one of the balls one night.”
Then he offered fellow Reddit visitors this photo of one of the seat balls with the cover removed:
Several other supposed Apple Store employees commented that they too refer to the seats as “pee balls.” If an adult customer was being a jerk, they’d tell them “Why don’t you go take a seat on one of the balls while I find you some help.”
Others report that all the devices get wiped down with disinfecting wipes each night, and Apple policy is to replace the balls if kids leave them, uh, stained. Though considering how mesmerizing Apple’s products are, it might not be right to place all the blame on the children.
Mister_Rabbit concludes the soiled seats are “Just one of the nasty little ‘ewwws’ lurking in arguable the coolest retail environments around.”