We showed you pictures the other day of the crazy queues that were seen outside Apple stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the China launch of the iPad2 , but we still haven’t gotten around to telling you about the crazy riot that ensued at the Beijing Sanlitun store. According to the AFP: “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, according to state press. 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.”
Shanghai Daily now reports that the foreign employee, allegedly the manager of the Sanlitun store, has agreed to pay the injured man RMB20,000 in an out-of-court settlement. Police have also considered the case a “typical civil dispute” and “not serious enough to warrant detention” so apparently all is well.
What remains unknown is whether the injured man is one of the many scalpers that made up the massive queues. Fortunately Shanghai scalpers are a lot more civilised so none of that Sanlitun riot was seen here at Apple’s Pudong and Huaihai Road outlets.