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    Cheap laptops provoke Mac mayhem

    A sale of second-hand Apple laptops costing only $50 have caused a near riot in Virginia in the US.
    More than 5,500 people queued for a chance to buy one of the 1,000 laptops and stampeded when the sale of the computers started.

    In the crush 17 people were injured and four needed hospital treatment.

    The four-year-old iBooks were being sold off cheap because Henrico County switched to Dell from Apple to supply laptops for its schools.

    Riot gear

    People began queuing at the Richmond International Raceway in Henrico County, Virginia shortly after midnight for the start of the 16 August sale.

    The sale was due to begin at 9am local time, but as the queue grew to almost a kilometre in length, organisers brought forward the start time by two hours.


    When the gates opened, a stampede started as people raced to be at the head of the queue for the cheap iBooks.

    In the crush, people were trampled on, a chair was thrown, an elderly man was pushed to the ground, a baby's buggy was crushed and one desperate buyer tried to drive his car through the crowd.

    Eyewitnesses described the scene as "terrifying" and "total, total chaos".

    Despite a heavy police presence, 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 commenting on the sale of the four-year-old machines.

    County officials said they would review events and see what could be done differently for future sales.

    Unofficial estimates said more than 12,000 people attended the sale.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4159678.stm


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    http://sportlounge.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=31985
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Turd Ferguson@Aug 17 2005, 09:22 AM
        http://sportlounge.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=31985
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          I thought the lady that peed IN her pants so she didn't have to leave the line was crazy!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AWSmith98@Aug 17 2005, 09:27 AM
              [b]I thought the lady that peed [B]IN her pants so she didn't have to leave the line was crazy!
              [B]What the fuck are you talking about?[B]
              If you believe in something sacrifice a hobo to it or don't bother.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Turd Ferguson+Aug 17 2005, 09:28 AM-->
                QUOTE(Turd Ferguson @ Aug 17 2005, 09:28 AM)

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                was it serious?
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Deacon Blues@Aug 17 2005, 09:48 AM
                  was it serious?
                  It was INcredible.
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