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Apple's iPad 2 launch results in feud at Beijing retail store

Unconfirmed Chinese news reports claim that the Saturday’s scuffle has left one man, allegedly beaten by a “foreign Apple employee,” and three other people injured as well as a few panes of glass smashed.

Internet is ablaze with reports from Beijing, China stating that a near-bloody altercation broke out among crowds lined up to buy the iPad 2 at Beijing's flagship Apple retail store.

The alleged altercation took place just one day after Apple's iPad 2 launch in China, which has a population of over 1.3 billion.

It’s being reported that the launch drew crowds, which consisted of both fans and scalpers, on Friday.

Scuffle at Apple store
According to Chinese media reports, the alleged riot occurred at the Apple store in Beijing's Sanlitun district earlier Saturday afternoon between a "foreign" Apple staffer and a Chinese customer amid a frenzy to buy the popular iPad 2 tablet computer.

Unconfirmed Chinese news reports claim that the Saturday’s scuffle has left one man, allegedly beaten by a “foreign Apple employee,” and three other people injured as well as a few panes of glass smashed.

Much of the Saturday’s scuffle at Apple’s store being reported at this point is based on reports and images provided by the site MyChinaViews.com.

A scalper allegedly was beaten
Citing a 30-year-old Chinese man, named Wang Ming, the Associated Press reports that the fight broke out between "foreign" Apple staffer and a Chinese customer, who Wang says was a salper.

Scalpers buy iPad 2, the updated version of the tablet computer, and resell them for a higher price to different markets where the computer tablet is out of stock or not available.

Details are sketchy
Much of the Saturday’s scuffle at Apple’s store being reported at this point is based on reports and images provided by the site MyChinaViews.com.

Several other tabloids, including Apple Insider and 9 to 5 Mac, picked up the information on the alleged incident from the Chinese Mac site MacX and relied on the Google Translate tool.

The store was reportedly was closed on Saturday afternoon for cleanup and police investigation following the altercation.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based iPhone maker currently has just four retail stores in China. Apple has plans to add 25 retail stores in the country over the next few years.


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