Vandals plaster Windows Logo on upcoming Apple Store in Hamburg, Germany

Sat, Jun 4, 2011


On Friday morning, folks walking past the upcoming Apple Store in Hamburg, Germany were greeted with some Banksy inspired nerd vandalism on the side of one of the building’s construction barricades. You see, plastered on the side of the Apple Store to-be was a bright and colorful Windows logo.

Quick to respond, here are workers cleaning up the “graffiti” early on Friday morning. The Apple Store in question is scheduled to open for business this Summer, and much like its Munich counterpart, will be a two-story structure with large glass panels (or dare we say, windows) on the exterior.

Though this was clearly the work of some enterprising pranksters, it’s not all that uncommon to see official Windows branding so close to Apple retail stores. Not only have the folks in Redmond made a habit of placing new Microsoft stores in the vicinity of existing Apple retail stores, but they even went so far as to construct Microsoft-branded “I’m a PC” kiosks outside of a few US and UK-based Apple Stores where folks could create their own “I’m a PC” video.

Update: Here’s video of how the Windows emblem was put up. I tell ya, the things you can accomplish while wearing construction gear. Michael Westin would be proud!

via iFun



39 Comments For This Post

  1. Ccazz Says:

    So when dopesnthe whole thing crash

  2. eric Says:

    blue and green need to be swapped…

  3. tobias Says:

    lol vandalism fail. can’t even get the logo right.

  4. Jack Says:

    So when does the over priced crap get some malware their tech support won’t help them with?

  5. steveballmer Says:

    Just some kids having some harmless fun!

    Really …

  6. Bob Says:

    A nerd would have painted a Tux Penguin, or a Beastie the BSD Daemon.

  7. WizardCM Says:

    Crooked, and the colours are in the wrong order. On purpose, or by accident?

  8. Apathetic Says:

    I am unable to express how little I care about this.

  9. erikj Says:


  10. Dash Riprock Says:

    No hardhats or safety shoes? These guys would be spotted out in any North American city in about 2 minutes.

  11. Jaroc Says:

    Epic and awesome.

  12. Malifiss Says:

    If they really wanted to be Pro-Microsoft, they should have painted an Apple symbol over the logo at a Microsoft store. Might help them get some customers…

  13. Vince Says:

    Re: Ccazz “So when dopesnthe whole thing crash”

    Apparently around the same time your spell check kicks in.

  14. Anon Says:

    Apathetic cares so little he wen out of his way to express it.
    I agree w/ Bob nerds hate windows almost as much as they hate apple, Linux ftw!

  15. alan Says:

    The girl who took the photo near the end of the video has a nice ass.

  16. Cory Says:

    Putting the linux penguin up is about stupid… that is all apple is..

  17. Criação de Sites Says:

    Hey, that was hilarious!

  18. bob Says:

    Those were not vandals those were MS employees. I guess this is what counts for funny in redmond.

  19. Kennymatic Says:

    LOL very subtle yet awesome. Touche Windows graffiti artists πŸ™‚

  20. TJ Says:

    maybe they switched the green and blue colors on purpose so that it wouldn’t get led back to a MS employee

  21. Johnny the Geek Says:

    It’s Germany. The drive on the opposite sides of the road so the green and blue has to be flipped.

  22. Medisoft Says:

    It is funny what you can do in broad daylight!

  23. Katy Says:

    Vandals??? Oh please. It was a practical joke. I’d expect more sense of humour from Apple folks …

  24. Rudee Says:

    … a practical joke, Katy, that points in the right direction, as most of the functions inside a product with a windows logo on it was developed by apple first.

  25. Not a Hater Says:

    Those WERE MS employees, duh. They thought that was the new Windows Store (thank you WP7 GPS!)

  26. Elizabeth Rendon Says:

    OH, I am LMAO on this one, I give credit to the Vandals, hahaahaha to apple.

  27. chris Says:

    Wait…. there are Microsoft stores??

  28. Cpt Obvious Says:

    @Rudee yes Apple invented everything…well of course by ‘invented’ i mean ‘copied from groups like Xerox’.

  29. Teabag Says:


    You cared enough to reply.

  30. chris Says:

    Ironic. Thats exactly whay MS tries since years – to copy perfection, but in the end its just another piece of junk. But as long stupid people exist, MS will survive.

  31. joe Says:

    Should’ve put Beastie up, since that’s what Apple’s OS basically is – a logo of an apple pasted on a box containing apparently random bloat built around a BSD kernel.

  32. steveballmer Says:

    This was actually a stunt by Apple!

  33. Erik Says:

    Love it. Absolutely classic.

  34. David Says:

    Completely agree with joe +1 πŸ™‚

    putting beastie up would make sense, I’m still looking for the signification of this act, but still, that’s funny πŸ™‚

    Banksy wouldn’t have made a mistake on the colors !

  35. ViewRoyal Says:

    The idiots that put up the Windows logo got the logo all wrong.

    First of all, the colors are in the wrong order. They should be (going clockwise from top left corner) red-green-yellow-blue.

    This also means that they got the white “glow” in the wrong corners of the green and blue squares.

    Next, they got the angle wrong. The logo should be tilted down to the right with the left and right sides at an angle, but they have it tilted the wrong way with the sides vertical.

    What a bunch of morons. They can’t even do their own “beloved” Windows logo correctly. πŸ˜‰

  36. Ares Says:

    Joe: My hero for the day! ++++

  37. Z Says:

    I think it’s just a viral advertisement. Nobody would have cared otherwise about this store opening.

  38. tm Says:

    just because they drive on the left side of the road in the UK doesn’t mean that all european countries drive on the left side.

  39. bob Says:

    This was done by Apple employees. This is great free advertising for their store as even Microsoft is talking about it. I didn’t even know about this store until I say this video.

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