iBook Riot

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.

ibookriot1.jpgMore 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.

People were throwing metal chairs. One woman urinated on herself, rather than lose her place in line. One guy drove his car through the crowd

Note the look of stunned horror on the security guard’s face.




Boy did he pick the wrong day not to call in sick.

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3 Responses to iBook Riot

  1. Karrie says:

    You aren’t kidding! I live in Richmond, and I’m a Henrico county resident, which means me and my roomies were qualified to get the $50 i-book deal…. holy crap.

    We were dumb – or smart – enough not to go over to the raceway until 7 am, because the gates didn’t open until then! By the time we made our way through traffic, then walked to the raceway gates, it was about 7:15… there had to be at least 2 to 3 thousand people there already… and right there inside the gates were the people being treated by EMTs for the mass hysteria induced injuries…

    We looked around… looked at the crowds…. shrugged and said “damn, oh well, that could have been a pretty good deal”, and laughed at how stupid people are – as we walked back to the car to go home. (I don’t know why people stayed in line who were obviously well over a thousand people back…. they only had 1,000 laptops to sell)

    It wasn’t until we got home that we realised that those people being treated didn’t just fall off of the curb or something, but were actually trampled! It was totally ridiculous…. and the fact is… the laptops aren’t THAT great anyway. it’s not like they were giving away mint condition vintage corvettes or anything.

    People are stupid. This isn’t exactly suprising, but yet… still somewhat baffling.

  2. Karrie says:

    Oh, and those reporters are on crack… you can get a new apple i-book G-4 with twice as much processing power and a much larger hard drive.. today!… for $899 at CompUSeless…

    those i-books were G-3s with 500 mHz processors.

    you can get one on ebay for about $300 that will definitely be in better condition than one abused by various teenagers over the years.

  3. insider says:

    Great posting. Best line: “Boy did he pick the wrong day not to call in sick.”

    The least they could have done is given him one of those iBooks for selling on eBay.

    Stupid School Tricks

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