Stampede for Apple

Discussion in 'Computers and The Internet' started by mystical_shroom, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. mystical_shroom

    mystical_shroom acerbic

    Haha, I could not believe that people were acting this way or went this crazy for a 4 year old used apple ibook..
    Someone went as far as even pissing on herself..
    I got the biggest kick out of reading this though.. Would you even imagine acting that way for a used 4 year old apple...

    Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 12:00 AM [​IMG] | [​IMG]

    People trampled, panic ensues in rush to purchase laptops

    Kristen Gelineau THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    RICHMOND, Va. -- A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

    "This is total, total chaos," said Latoya Jones, 19, who lost one of her flip-flops in the ordeal and later limped around on the sizzling blacktop with one foot bare.

    An estimated 5,500 people turned out at the Richmond International Raceway in hopes of getting their hands on one of the 4-year-old Apple iBooks. The Henrico County school system was selling 1,000 of the computers to county residents.

    Officials opened the gates at 7 a.m., but some already had been waiting since 1 a.m. When the gates opened, it became a terrifying mob scene.

    People threw themselves forward, screaming and pushing each other. A little girl's stroller was crushed in the stampede. Witnesses said an elderly man was thrown to the pavement, and someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd.

    Seventeen people suffered minor injuries, with four requiring hospital treatment, Henrico County Battalion Chief Steve Wood said. There were no arrests.

    "It's rather strange that we would have such a tremendous response for the purchase of a laptop computer -- and laptop computers that probably have less-than-desirable attributes," said Paul Proto, director of general services for Henrico County.

    Blandine Alexander, 33, said one woman standing in front of her was so desperate to retain her place in line that she urinated on herself. "I've never been in something like that before, and I never again will," Alexander said.

    Jesse Sandler said he was one of the people pushing forward, using a folding chair he had brought with him to beat back people who tried to cut in front of him.

    "I took my chair here and I threw it over my shoulder and I went, 'Bam,' " the 20-year-old said nonchalantly, his eyes glued to the screen of his new iBook, as he tapped away on the keyboard at a testing station.

    "They were getting in front of me and I was there a lot earlier than them, so I thought that it was just," he said.

    This story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A2.
  2. Lilyrayne

    Lilyrayne Chrisppie

    Wow... That's crazy. Wonder why the big deal?
  3. IronGoth

    IronGoth Newbie

    Macs rock.

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