The company's address of 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino is known to gadget fiends around the world, including millions of who have never set foot in the United States, but residents from that town who turned up at the doors don’t have a hope in hell of making it inside.
Unfortunately, the city mayor Barry Chang told The Guardian that it's exactly the same for him too and that the company wields too much power over the city as a whole. In one example, Chang says he needed just one vote from another councilor to put a plan into action to get Apple to pay US$ 100 million towards improving city infrastructure, as it's building a huge new 'spaceship' campus.
"This American politics. This so-called democracy ... Apple is such a big company here. The council members don’t want to offend them. Apple talks to them, and they won’t vote against Apple. This is the fact."While the effect of the tech industry on ordinary people's lives is well-documented, the issue for Chang is the additional strain Apple puts on the surrounding area, and in particular the aging transport system, weighed against how little tax it pays.
Coupled with increasingly frustrated citizens – who filed to try and remove Chang from office – the mayor says he's stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
"In the meantime Apple is not willing to pay a dime. They're making profit, and they should share the responsibility for our city, but they won't. They abuse us."
In its most recent financial filings, Apple revealed that it made some US$ 10.5 billion in profit in the last three months alone, so it's hardly surprising that regular folks are losing their patience over Apple’s unwillingness to hand over more in taxes.