I almost considered going to one of these "iBook for $50" sales that was going on in my area last week. But I figured I already have the one I use for work and didn’t need another one. (Though it might be nice to have a spare.) Now I’m kinda glad I didn’t, because apparently these things are not pretty.
More than 1,000 people turned out at the Richmond International Raceway in hopes of getting their hands on one of the 4-year-old Apple iBooks, which retail for between $999 and $1,299. The Henrico County school system was selling 1,000 of the computers to county residents.
Officials opened the gates at 7 a.m., but some already had been waiting for hours in line. 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.
Police would not immediately comment on the number of or extent of injuries, though witnesses said they mostly had scrapes and bruises.
Note the look of stunned horror on the security guard’s face.
Boy did he pick the wrong day not to call in sick.