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$50 iBooks cause stampede...

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by saraday, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. saraday

    saraday Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2004 Messages: 2,054 Likes Received: 1
    $50.00 Ibooks cause stampedede
    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. New iBooks cost between $999 and $1,299.

    Officials opened the gates at 7 a.m., but some already had been waiting since 1:30 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 and the iBooks sold out by 1 p.m.

    "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. "But I think that people tend to get caught up in the excitement of the event — it almost has an entertainment value."

    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," said Alexander, who brought her 14-year-old twin boys to the complex at 4:30 a.m. to wait in line. "No matter what the kids want, I already told them I'm not doing that again."

    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.
     
  2. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    awesome. someone should have brought tear gas
     
  3. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    "beaten with a folding chair"

    I approve of this.

    *golf clap
     
  4. [Flowling.]

    [Flowling.] Junior Member

    Joined: May 15, 2005 Messages: 146 Likes Received: 0
    Hold the fuck up.

    ...$50 laptops?! Shitty or not, I probably would have bogarded my way through that croud as well.

    "Almost entertaining"

    LOL. Stop trying to be nice.
     
  5. Neskoner

    Neskoner New Jack

    Joined: Jan 6, 2003 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 1
    why the hell would pissing yourself make anyone stop from just shuving your ass on the concrete.....?
     
  6. Dawood

    Dawood Elite Member

    Joined: May 8, 2002 Messages: 4,677 Likes Received: 146
    I swear, If some uncivilized joker wouldve started pushing and manhandling me over a peice of plastic and some wires , I wouldve merked somebody. I hate stupid people.
     
  7. Biggus Dickus

    Biggus Dickus Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2005 Messages: 1,371 Likes Received: 1

    I feel like I just read an AIM chat log between some 14 year old girls.

    Seriously people.


    And $50.00 for a 4 year old laptop isn't a deal, even if it has the Apple logo on it. That just guarantees that the 4 year old laptop will perform like a 6 year old PC laptop. I've been GIVEN old apple laptops on two occasions because people didn't want them cluttering up their space, and I stripped them for parts both times.
     
  8. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,858 Likes Received: 24
    that's because you have the biggest dick. [nh]
     
  9. MrChupacabra

    MrChupacabra 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 10, 2001 Messages: 10,940 Likes Received: 681
    fuck an ibook, its all about the powerbookszzzzzz.
     
  10. ElectricitySucks

    ElectricitySucks Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 13, 2001 Messages: 6,395 Likes Received: 24
    id like a helicopter shot of this.
     
  11. GEEB

    GEEB Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 6, 2004 Messages: 1,803 Likes Received: 43
    fifty dollar laptops? id be throwing a couple upper-cuts if i was there too, i could use somthing that cheap and useful. plus im angry like that. ;)
     
  12. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    people can quickly turn into cattle as we can see, just imagine if the city water supply quit working
     
  13. saraday

    saraday Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2004 Messages: 2,054 Likes Received: 1
    i'd be running people over for an iBook if they were brand new.. not 4 YEARS OLD!!!!!
     
  14. AREANKAY

    AREANKAY Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,183 Likes Received: 39
    oh crap, i was down with my boy in Va over the weekend and he was telling me about this, we where going to go.that would of been fun.
     
  15. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,016 Likes Received: 117
    Google Earth..Bomb Diggy.
     
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