The former Apple Retail employees had apparently been overheard discussing their "downloads" of Leopard with their co-workers, prompting Apple "corporate" to investigate. The employees were fired after admitting to acquiring the software illegally.
Interviews with a couple of websites indicated that the fired employees knew they broke Apple Non Disclosure and were summarily dismissed ... understanding Apple's reaction.
This means that if you were looking for a job at your local Apple Store ... there might be some openings!
This is a rather serious issue ... does this mean that these same employees might be copying software off of floor model Macs and using it on their home systems? It's one thing to do it ... another to brag about doing it.
This also makes you wonder where some of the blogs around the internet are getting these screenshots and detailed feature lists ... are they getting them from Apple Store Employees or developers that are breaking NDA?
[UPDATE] Found in a forum:
These employees were (hopefully) only trying to get info on the upcoming OS and not profit from the distribution of the "bootlegs".
Ummm ... profitting is only secondary to theft when it concerns breach of contract. The charge for firing wasn't profitting or potential to profit ... it was plainly and simply ... breach of the Apple Store Employees Contracts ... period!