13-Year Old Korean Girl Sues Apple Over Faulty Moisture Sensors

13-Year Old Korean Girl Sues Apple Over Faulty Moisture Sensors

You might not agree with her position, but you’ve got to admit that this is one precocious kid: a thirteen year old iPhone owner is set to go into court next month to contest what she and her family claim was an unjust charge levied by Apple Korea to fix an iPhone 3G which they claimed had been water damaged.

According to a report, back in October the 13-year old’s father asked Apple for $251 in compensation after a triggered moisutre sensor was used as pretense not to repair the girl’s iPhone 3G, which was still under warranty.

The family disputes that they had ever dunked the iPhone, and even knowing the clumsiness of teenage girls, there’s reason to think they might be telling the truth: the moisture sensors that Apple uses are fiercely debated, and they have a tendency to falsely trigger in humid clients like… say… South Korea.

According to the suit, an Apple attorney approach the family under the table and tried to settle with them, but demanded that the family keep quiet and not speak to the press in exchange for any settlement. They turned that down, because the compensation asked — just $251 — is fairly trivial: this is a family on a crusade to make sure that other customers don’t get taken for the same ride, and if they have, that they get a refund of their money.

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