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  • Violence Breaks Out Saturday at Beijing Apple Store


    An ugly scene was depicted Saturday at Apple's flagship store in Beijing, and the specific cause of the violence remains shrouded in some degree of mystery. "Penn-Olson: The Asian Tech Catalog" has published a brief account of the scuffle that resulted in shattered glass and at least one beaten, bloodied Apple customer.

    According to the report, the incident "left one man – allegedly – beaten by a 'foreign Apple employee,' three other people injured, and a few panes of glass shattered." As we know, the iPad 2 went on sale at China's four Apple stores as recently as Friday. Although it isn't yet clear if the tussle was related to the new Apple product in some fashion, the long lines and swelling, frustrated crowds may have played a role in pushing the "Apple employee" in question over the edge.

    It should be noted, however, that an incomplete picture remains of what actually transpired at this particular retail location. It should come as no surprise that Apple is yet to comment on the matter. And, as of this writing, no major media outlets have picked up on this still developing story.

    The most serious and troubling allegation – for Apple, in legal and PR terms – is that “a foreign employee” actually “beat one Chinese man with an iron rod”, in the heat of the incident. No pictures or other evidence can prove this particular detail, at this time.
    We'll keep you posted as more details and incident specifics emerge in the coming hours or days.

    Source: Penn-Olson: The Asian Tech Catalog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Violence Breaks Out Saturday at Beijing Apple Store started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 53 Comments
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Who? Lol
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lamborghini615 View Post
      Oh so thats what happened? I thought someone broke in to the store to steal something
      One of my local apple stores has been broken into and robbed of inventory 3 times over the past year.
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPittsburgh View Post
      One of my local apple stores has been broken into and robbed of inventory 3 times over the past year.
      That was you, right?
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      It's time Apple re-implement the on-line order system for hot first-release products. It was just a matter of time before long lines turned violent. IMHO -- another Apple blunder.
      you think it's Apple's fault that some dude got in a fight over some electronics? lol
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxhorseriderxxx View Post
      you think it's Apple's fault that some dude got in a fight over some electronics? lol
      Yes it is.
      Should have shatter proof windows. Teach employee to walk away before things escalate to where they have no control. Hit another person once is bad enough, but beat him up with a weapon?
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Yes it is.
      Should have shatter proof windows. Teach employee to walk away before things escalate to where they have no control. Hit another person once is bad enough, but beat him up with a weapon?
      Yah and I'm sure they expected this type of behavior when they hired him.(yes that's sarcasm)

      People these days are unpredictable. It's not "apples" fault, its the employee. I get pissed off at customers but I'm not going to beat them and If I did nobody should blame the company.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Yes it is.
      Should have shatter proof windows. Teach employee to walk away before things escalate to where they have no control. Hit another person once is bad enough, but beat him up with a weapon?
      You wouldn't happen to be related to the lady that sued McD's over the hot coffee?

      Blame everyone else and no one will ever take responsibility. It's always someone else that caused it. Hmmmm. Perhaps we can also blame Sony. I'm sure there is a game where someone gets points for beating people with a iron rod!

      COME ON REALLY?!????!!

      Apple is liable because it happened on their property (kinda like car insurance). But to claim they are the cause?!?! meh
    1. jonathan1683's Avatar
      jonathan1683 -
      This guy is my hero.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I didn't buy the last Apple product. Ouchies.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      You wouldn't happen to be related to the lady that sued McD's over the hot coffee?

      Blame everyone else and no one will ever take responsibility. It's always someone else that caused it. Hmmmm. Perhaps we can also blame Sony. I'm sure there is a game where someone gets points for beating people with a iron rod!

      COME ON REALLY?!????!!

      Apple is liable because it happened on their property (kinda like car insurance). But to claim they are the cause?!?! meh

      Nope.
      I am saying is it that hard to predict a crowd on introduction of your device to public? Should they not know there will be stress to your employees and should remind them to stay calm and walk away in situations where you do not feel comfortable?
      Apple is responsible for safety of its customers, to be beat up by an employee with an iron bar???? Seriously???? Where is the rest of the employees to stop this guy?
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Lack of discipline and manners of the people of China.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      Lack of discipline and manners of the people of China.
      Pretty sure of that ehh?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      I think he is
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      I think he is
      Are YOU sure?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Yes
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Str4y View Post
      Yes
      0k
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Lol^
    1. Prox's Avatar
      Prox -
      This is what happens when you try to the last iPad that the Apple Employee wanted.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      Lack of discipline and manners of the people of China.
      it was a foreign employee that beat up a person, where is the discipline and manners in that?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Did you not see the Lack?