Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Stampede at the iBO -OK Corral

Apparently there was a stampede at the Henrico County Virginia sale of iBooks yesterday.

As reported by MacMinute

'Panic ensues in rush for cheap laptops'

August 16 - The Henrico County school system is selling 1,000 used iBooks for US$50 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond Virginia, when it turned into a "violent stampede," reports AP. "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," notes the report. "It's rather strange that we would have such a tremendous response for the purchase of a laptop computer -- and laptop computers that probably have less-than- desirable attributes," said Paul Proto, director of general services for Henrico County. "But I think that people tend to get caught up in the excitement of the event -- it almost has an entertainment value."

Looks like 17 people were injured including an elderly man who was shoved to the pavement.

This school system should be ashamed of themselves. This "spokesman" should be fired for saying that such an event had "entertainment value"

An investigation and possible litigation should be considered for the following reasons:

1) For dropping the iBook program and causing more headaches, learning curves, and especially a potential virus and security threat to the school district

2) For changing the terms of this sale

3) For not getting the maximum value out of these laptops

4) For not holding it by sealed bid and in lots of 1 - 3 - 5 - 10 separated out by working - damaged - not working - extras/adapters

5) For not planning better and for excluding anyone who wanted to attend.

See this previous Fix Your Thinking story for more background to this charade:

New Wikipedia entry: Debacle; see also Henrico County

[UPDATE] Here are photos of the event

[UPDATE] And here's video (click on the little camera graphic)

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