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Fight breaks out at Beijing iPad 2 launch

updated 12:20 am EDT, Sun May 8, 2011

iPad 2 launch turns violent at Beijing Apple Store

Apple's high-demand Chinese iPad 2 launch was partly soured after local reports of a fight at the Sanlitun Apple Store in Beijing. Descriptions of the event vary, but one Sina account claimed that at least one attempt to jump the queue caused commotion after security staff tried to maintain order. Both a Chinese man and a foreigner, "John," got into a fight that broke the glass door.

Confusion persisted over who the Chinese man was, though one report identified him as a self-identifying unemployed man who might have been scalping iPads to earn money. At least one Apple employee might have been involved in this account.

Order was restored, but the fight temporarily disrupted the store and and was restored before the evening. Shoppers who were inside when the scrap broke out were asked to exit through the back door. Four customers, two younger men and two middle-aged women, were hurt during the incident, which will have cost Apple about $4,620 to replace the glass door by itself.

Apple hadn't yet come forward to say whether any of its own staff were involved or otherwise to have given its version of events.

The company has had little trouble queuing large lines and managed rapid sell-outs for the iPad 2 as well as for the iPhone 4. Each launch, however, has been clouded by scalpers either in the line or just outside the store that triggered outrage from those who had waited for hours to get devices for themselves. Until now, tension had never reached the point of violence. [via AppleInsider]

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  1. cwsmith

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    No iPad for you!

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    They must take their iPads very seriously.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Invite them to the Jerry Springer Show

    Too bad. iPad can do a lot of things, but you can't use it as a gauze pad.

  1. panjandrum

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    How sad

    What this says about humanity as a whole is so sad. These people are getting this worked up over a consumer product??? Absurd and unforgivable behavior.

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  1. facebook_Omega

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    the ipad is a killer too

    Just ask folks over at Foxconn!

  1. cvbcvb

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    Looks like a better fight then Pacquiao vs Mosley...

  1. SockRolid

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    Yet another reason why pre-ordering is the way to go.

  1. macnnoel

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    That's one way of bringing Street Fighter into the iOS platform-

  1. devopro

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    Prob after the local scalper made a few racist insults (which happens on a daily basis here) towards john he got his teeth knocked out. There's always someone scalping here- laundry soap, movie tickets, salt.

  1. coffeetime

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    Lining up for bread

    This is not a lining up for bread. But rather a lining up for iPad in exchange for bread.

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