When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

16 August 2005

iBook melee

$50 laptop sale sets off violent stampede - Tech News & Reviews - MSNBC.com:
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.
The cause of the violence, aggravation, and auto-urination?

A bunch of four year-old Apple iBooks that were being sold off by a country school system in Virginia.

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.

Wow. It turned into the Jerry Springer Show out there.

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