October 28, 2007
3rd grader sends letter to Steve Jobs and Apple in return slams her
Shea O’Gorman is 9 years old and the third grader just learnt to write letters and decided to write one to Steve Jobs. Why? Because she loves her iPod Nano and had a few ideas which she though would make the Nano even better. Like if the Nano would support Lyrics she could sing along and stuff. She wrote a letter and to her surprise a letter arrived from Apple after three months, excited, the whole family sat together to read it. The letter was not from Steve Jobs, it was signed the senior counsel, Apple Law Department and when little Shea read it she was very upset ran up to her room and slammed it. Apple’s legal department told her that the company does not accept unsolicited ideas. Apple’s legal department told her not send them her suggestions, and if she wants to know why, she could read their legal policy on the Internet.
“We were stunned, we just were stunned, is the best word to say. It just wasn’t the appropriate type letter to send to a third grader who had the initiative to write to them, They are a company who tries to promote itself as an educator of children. That was really, it was unacceptable. They know better than that,” said Shea’s mom.