Apple Store staff frisked each meal break -

Apple is in hot water with its own staff for wasting their time with airport security style searches.

According to former Apple employees, the nutty outfit forces its workers to stand around without pay for up to 30 minutes a day while waiting for managers to search their bags for stolen merchandise.

The former employees at Apple stores in New York and Los Angeles have filed a class action suit. They said that they had to stand in line for up to 30 minutes every shift and wait for a manager to search their bags.

According to Gigaom, the court case claims that having to waste time while Apple plays out its compulsive disorder cost each of them $1,500 a year in unpaid wages.

Court documents claim employees are required to wait in line and be searched for merchandise taken without permission as well as being searched for other contraband.

If a large number of specialists and managers leave for lunch at the same time or end their shift at the same time, this creates lengthy lines, the court will hear.

The lawsuit is the brainchild of Amanda Frlekin who worked at Apple's Century City store in Los Angeles and Dean Pelle who was employed at the company's Soho, New York location.

Apple's "personal package and bag search" policy results in staff being forced to stand around for five to 15 minutes every time they clock out for a meal break or leave work at the end of their shift.

In other words, while they might not mind being searched, they are hacked off that they have to do it on their dime, and not Apple's.

Of course Apple refused to comment, but then it never does unless it's busy shifting paradigms or changing games.