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Apple iPad 2 Sale Erupts in Violence

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If being a leading cause of muggings wasn't an indicator, one only need to look at a comment section to see that Apple products seem to evoke strong, violent tendencies in individuals. And nowhere was this more apparent than Saturday's launch of the iPad 2 and the white iPhone 4 in Beijing, China.

Amidst the massive lines outside one of Beijing's Apple stores, a bloody scuffle between an Apple store employee and a purported scalper shut down the products' debut for several hours. CNN reports that the scalper tried to cut in line three separate times and security guards attempted to remove the man from the premises. As the man was being led away, a shoving match between members of the scalper's family and an Apple staffer began.

As the violence ballooned, security guards locked the front door of the store and the crowd grew restless. Soon an unruly few began shoving into the door, causing the glass to shatter and a metal hinge to fall onto a security guard's head. Several injuries were reported in the skirmish.

Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu spoke with CNN about the incident.

"The Apple store in Sanlitun closed for several hours on Saturday after a group outside the store became unruly. The store team acted to protect themselves and our customers by closing the doors and preventing the group from entering. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority."

Demand for Apple products in China is even worse than in the US, producing a rampant gray market hawking still-shrink-wrapped boxes of iPhones and iPads -- often including the receipt proving same-day purchase. Mock iPads are now a part of Malaysian funerals to honor the dead.

But if folks can't control themselves around Apple products without succumbing to violent urges, maybe they ought to consider an Android phone.

(See also: Is Apple Dumping Intel? and Apple's iPad 2 Is Popular Even Among the Dead)

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