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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- 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.
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    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.
    Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

  • #2
    Get a PC.
    "Whaddya mean I hurt your feelings?"
    "I didn't know you
    had any feelings"

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    • #3
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      • #4
        Think Different.
        When you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's alright with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."

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        • #5
          I got mine.


          I had to use my folding chair to fend off some old feisty bitch, but you got to do what you got to do.
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          • #6
            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.
            Holy. Shit.
            Are you on the list?

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            • #7
              Never underestimate the stupidity of human beings.
              Make America Great For Once.

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              • #8
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                Damn these electric sex pants!

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                Bring back the death penalty for corporations!

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                • #9
                  Imagine the chaos if the QT on Lackland Road, next to Hooters, was to have $1.00 gasoline from 6 AM to Noon, one day.
                  Make America Great For Once.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SunuvaNun@Aug 16 2005, 09:06 PM
                    Get a PC.

                    I'm setting up my new laptop right now.
                    Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                    • #11
                      "There were no arrests and the iBooks sold out by 1 p.m"

                      did they not sell out til 1pm cause of all the other problems or were that just many left?

                      and some of these people are idiots. what exactly did they really expect

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by The Kev@Aug 16 2005, 10:18 PM
                        Imagine the chaos if the QT on Lackland Road, next to Hooters, was to have $1.00 gasoline from 6 AM to Noon, one day.
                        I used to live about a mile from there.

                        That Hooters was *not* there when I was. Nor was the QT.

                        Good stuff always goes up when you move away.
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