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$50 iBooks cause stampede...

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$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.

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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.

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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.

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bogarded my way through that croud

 

shuving your ass

 

peice of plastic and some wires , I wouldve merked

 

 

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.

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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. ;)

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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.

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Sounds like Richmond. god damn dirty fucking place.

 

You know shit like this will happen when your current claim to fame (other then the whole capital of the confederacy) is the "ghetto Burger" .

 

mmmmmm, delicious.

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thats funny...my friend mentioned something about going to get one of these the other night. i was actually thinking about going with her but luckly we are both amazingly lazy....im not even really concerned with the whole stamped. im just glad i didnt put forth the effort only to find out the computers were 4 years old.

 

i guess to richmond trash a 4 year old laptop is an amazing thing.

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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.

 

haha that's why i say fuck flip-flops. i bet no one lost a shoe.

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