Oh my God… I just read the scariest thing on slashdot about the sale of 1000 iBooks for $50 each and the resulting riot.
This is the sickest thing I think I’ve read in a long time. People actually feel justified by trying to run people over (with a stinking car no less!), crushing old men underfoot, and pushing over baby strollers, all for some stinking iBooks?!? What in God’s name has this world come to?!? One of the links in the article points to this entry on The Unofficial Apple Weblog and reading that got my blood boiling.
This other story on NBC12 Online gives some more details and they’re astounding. For one, the organizers should be shot. 1000 ibooks for $50 and only 5 cops for crowd control? I’m amazed the cops weren’t trampelled (although they did bring in another 70 cops (20 in riot gear) and 22 firemen). CNN has more details. These are a few choice quotes that amaze me:
“…one woman standing in front of her was so desperate to retain her place in line that she urinated on herself.” WTF?!? Are you kidding me? She pissed herself for an iBook?!?
But this one is the worst, and I swear, if I was an organizer and heard this fellow saying this, I’d refuse to sell him the gum on the bottom of my shoes because this is the worst kind of attitude:
“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.”
You’re kidding me, right? What has this world come to?!?