Fisticuffs erupted at the Beijing launch of the iPad 2 this weekend. Several people were injured and a glass door was smashed as tempers flared among tablet-hungry Chinese punters.
The fracas took place outside the Sanlitun Apple Store in China's capital city, and while a definitive version of what happened is hard to track down, a witness said the punch-up was between a Chinese customer and a "foreign" Apple Store employee. The altercation reportedly started because a customer tried to jump the queue.
Wang Ming, 30, says he was passing by when a bottle hit him in the head, AP reports.
Beijing police have confirmed that the attacker was the boss of the Sanlitun store, and that the victim was in line to buy a People's Daily Online.with his mother when he was attacked, dragged more than 10 metres and beaten. Another man and woman were caught up in the stramash, according to the
Other reports claim the initial fight sparked a general melee, which led to the glass door of the Apple Store being shattered.
The store was closed early in the wake of the donnybrook, but was reopened the next day. Carolyn Wu, an Apple spokeswoman in China, said they closed for several hours on Saturday "after a group outside the store became unruly".
"The store team acted to protect themselves and our customers by closing the doors and preventing the group from entering," Wu said.
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