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Old 08-16-2005, 12:59 PM   #1
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Civililty at it's worst

People trampled, panic ensues in rush to purchase bargain laptops

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 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.

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 Computer Inc. 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.

"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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Old 08-16-2005, 01:27 PM   #2
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one woman standing in front of her was so desperate to retain her place in line that she urinated on herself.
I'm sorry. I read this article earlier and this line makes me laugh.

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Old 08-16-2005, 01:33 PM   #3
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I think U2Democrat lives near there. Maybe that's her school and maybe her laptop was one of the ones that were fought over. (It's my understanding that the school gave her a laptop for use during the school year) I hope they cleared her cache, otherwise they're going to see a lot of pictures of John Cougar Phantomcamp
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Considering what people do on Fear Factor for peanuts, people seemingly will do anything for a $1.
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LOL.

Anywho, wow, that's really sad. It's amazing how immature some people will be over that sort of thing. If I ever, for some reason, acted like that, I'd want someone to point out my stupidity to me.

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I work in the IT dept. that supports my entire college and all of the computers on-campus are on a 3-year life cycle, meaning no staff, faculty, lab, or another station has a computer more than three years old. This illustrates just ONE of the MANY reasons we stopped selling used computers and parts and just quietly donate them to local charities, churches and non-profits instead.

I saw a similar thing happen on a smaller scale the second time I met Bono. Me and the people I was with saw him outside his hotel and were just talking and taking a picture here and there when others realized who he was. In seconds, there was like a mob rush and I saw many grown women pushing down a little boy who who had walked over to get his ATYCLB autographed. At that time, I really felt ashamed to be a U2 fan.
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I work in the IT dept. that supports my entire college and all of the computers on-campus are on a 3-year life cycle, meaning no staff, faculty, lab, or another station has a computer more than three years old. This illustrates just ONE of the MANY reasons we stopped selling used computers and parts and just quietly donate them to local charities, churches and non-profits instead.

I saw a similar thing happen on a smaller scale the second time I met Bono. Me and the people I was with saw him outside his hotel and were just talking and taking a picture here and there when others realized who he was. In seconds, there was like a mob rush and I saw many grown women pushing down a little boy who who had walked over to get his ATYCLB autographed. At that time, I really felt ashamed to be a U2 fan.


A similar thing happened in Anaheim when I had my one and only opportunity to meet Bono. The second he left his car, grown women knocked down the barrier we had been behind and started pushing and shoving and screeching his name. He was out of the car for a total of maybe one minute when he decided he wasn't going to stay.

As for the computer sale...I'm not surprised in the least. We have brides to be beating the crap out each other for discounted wedding dresses and parents knocking each other down to be the first to buy the latest must-have toy. Greed and sense entitlement come before manners it seems.
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Oh my God, Liv, that is horrible. I adore U2 but I can't imagine risking my life or hurting another's just to get a two second hello.

On-topic: Sadly, this shit is not rare. People will do anything to save a few bucks. People have gotten hurt in a stampede at many Wal-marts because DVDs were being sold dirt cheap. People have put themselves and their children's lives on the line to get a Tickle-me Elmo or a Cabbage Patch Doll.
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Are you fucking kidding me? I swear I hate these types of people. I sure as hell hope the staff at that place made the lady who pissed in her pants cleaned up her own urine.
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I believe it's called..selfishness! And, yes-Bono will leave then put up with that!! Sad for all those that wait patiently!
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As for the computer sale...I'm not surprised in the least. We have brides to be beating the crap out each other for discounted wedding dresses and parents knocking each other down to be the first to buy the latest must-have toy. Greed and sense entitlement come before manners it seems.
Isn't it disgusting? We live in a materially-obsessed, keep-up-with-the-Joneses society. Add that to a herd mentality and you have stories like this.

I say, to hell with the Joneses. I'm not risking life, limb, sanity or decency for the latest fad toy or soon-to-be-obsolete electronica. And I'll be sure to teach my child why, too.

And for the other stories, frankly, who can blame Bono for bailing? Those loonies could've seriously hurt him! Not to mention their total lack of manners and consideration for other people, which is totally against his beliefs and ways.
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That attitude is a big reason I never go to the big sales, or shop at most stores a couple months before Christmas . I really dislike crowds anyway, and pushy, obnoxious crowds are my idea of hell.

It's too bad the really obnoxious people (like the guy with the chair) weren't booted out without being allowed to buy anything. The sad thing is the people that really should be ashamed of themselves will be proud instead.
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This is madness. Some people will do anything to save a buck, or get a four-year-old laptop.
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