Here’s a story that’s a true champion for an ex-Apple contractor, who snuck into Apple HQ to complete his project, despite his team being struck off by the Cupertino-based company.
Ron Avitzur was part of a team working on a graphing calculator for launch with the company’s new PowerPC computer in 1994, when Apple scrapped the project and offered Avitzur a place in the company.
Avitzur turned down the job offer and instead persevered with the project by withholding his final invoice which allowed him to keep his identity card. He then began going to work every day, continuing to work on the calculator.
He then mistakenly informed a manager about his situation which led to the cancellation of his identity card but he still persevered, sneaking into the HQ every day.
Eventually Avitzur and his team completed the graphing calculator, showing a team of Apple managers a demo in 1994, which led to it being shipped on PowerPCs from then on.