08 May '11, 4am

4 hurt, door smashed in near-riot over alleged line jumping as iPad 2 goes on sale at Beijing Apple store

4 hurt, door smashed in near-riot over alleged line jumping as iPad 2 goes on sale at Beijing Apple store

Chinese staff stand guard at the entrance of an Apple store in Beijing's chic Sanlitun commercial district in Beijing. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING - FOUR people were taken to hospital and a glass door smashed as a near-riot broke out at Beijing's top Apple store among crowds rushing to snap up the popular iPad 2 tablet computer, state press said on Sunday. Angry consumers began rushing the store on Saturday afternoon after a 'foreign' Apple employee allegedly stepped into the crowd to push and beat people suspected of queue jumping, the Beijing News said. After the employee retreated back into the store, a crowd of consumers smashed the glass front door and shoved security guards as they surged forward in anger over the alleged beatings, the report said. Consumers have lined up for hours at Apple stores in Beijing and Shanghai since the iPad 2, the updated version of the tablet ...

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