Al Gore is on Apple’s Board, so the fact that the company might be in a fright because smokers are exposing their laptops to second-hand smoke that is contributing to “climate change” wouldn’t be surprising.

But the reason it’s claimed Apple is voiding warranties on computers that have been exposed to smoke is priceless in our increasingly paranoid society: Second-hand smoke is a contaminant, and Apple refuses to expose their workers to a bio-hazard:

Now, I am as much against smoking as anyone. I also do not want workers needlessly exposed to hazardous substances. Still, for Apple to deny warranty claims on Macs exposed to cigarette smoke seems way over the line.

Yet, that is what The Consumerist says Apple has done on at least two occasions in recent months.

Apple is apparently telling at least some customers that the amount of cigarette smoke residue inside their computers makes it unsafe for the company to perform warranty service on them, despite the lack of such a clause in the company’s warranty agreement.

“Apple: Finding ridiculous ways to screw the consumer over is Jobs one!”

In any case, if you see a computer tech wearing a bio-hazard suit, this is probably the reason — either that or Mayor Bloomberg is now working for the Geek Squad and he suspects somebody spilled salt in a laptop he’s about to work on.

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