At least they weren’t Dells

Cheap computers cause the stampede of the stupid:

A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

“This is total, total chaos,” said Latoya Jones, 19, who lost one of her flip-flops in the ordeal and later limped around on the sizzling blacktop with one foot bare.

An estimated 5,500 people turned out at the Richmond International Raceway in hopes of getting their hands on one of the 4-year-old Apple iBooks….

People threw themselves forward, screaming and pushing each other. A little girl’s stroller was crushed in the stampede. Witnesses said an elderly man was thrown to the pavement, and someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd.

Seventeen people suffered minor injuries, with four requiring hospital treatment, Henrico County Battalion Chief Steve Wood said. There were no arrests and the iBooks sold out by 1 p.m.

  • Actually, the sale was due to the school district switching to Dell as their laptop provider.

  • To the prior poster… A most unfortunate decision. :)

  • Aren’t school systems always crying for more money? Why in the world were they selling these things so cheap, they had to be worth more than $50.

  • von

    They probably didn’t really know any better until people started breaking body parts to get them. I’ve seen it happen lots of times. People replace computers with newer ones. They have no idea what to do with the old ones. I’ve gotten countless free computers this way…

  • kat

    They’ll end up on ebay for a nifty profit for some lucky buyers. Wonder if you could only buy one or a dozen? Could make a real profit.

  • Diane

    I’m surprised that the school district was allowed to sell the computers, at all. Our school district has been ridding our district of all mac computers and got around to our school, last summer. I rallied to get these computers sold or given to needy students, as they were all working computers. But, because of state environmental laws and the chance that someday, these computers could end up in the landfill and tracked back to the schools–the school district paid $25 per computer to have them recycled. Otherwise, the district could have been facing a massive fine per computer for every one that ended up in the landfill.