When Nicole Christopoulos took her malfunctioning computer to a Chicago-area Best Buy store, employee Greg Schaffter did more than fix the problem.
He used his access to the college student's computer to jot down personal information about her. Within days, she began receiving harassing e-mail messages and phone calls. Among other things, she received explicit photos and threats against her family, with references made to specific names and addresses.
Police quickly traced the offending e-mails and phone calls to Schaffter, 34, and in March, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison for cyberstalking. Court records show Schaffter confessed, blaming his actions on alcoholism; he insisted he meant Christopoulos no harm.
But according to the Chicago Sun-Times week, Christopoulos this week filed suit against Best Buy, demanding that it take responsibility for the actions of its former employee. Best Buy should never have employed Schaffter, she claims--especially not in a position that gave him access to a customer's personal information. Why? Because Schaffter has a lengthy criminal history, with arrests for deceptive practices and forgery, along with the filing of several protective orders against him.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times