Injuries reported, Acer to blame
retail chain listed a special summer offer on an Acer
notebook, scheduled to start on August 30. Apparently its marketing did
the trick, perhaps a bit too well.
A huge crowd of people gathered in front of the store, eager to get a
17-inch dual-core Acer with 3GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive for
just $322. As the start of the sale neared, staff realized they won't
be able to cope with the mob who was trying to get in any way possible
and called the police, suspending the sale.
Once the sale started again, it soon degenerated into a mess. People
were taking notebooks from the shelves without paying for them, while
others were paying for them, only to end up with a receipt and no notebook to pick up with it.
Two men were injured in the stampede, while a young woman lost her
consciousness in the crowd. In a bid to escape the mob, salesmen were
jumping on counters. Needless to say, all 250 notebooks on offer sold
out in no time.