The AFP is reporting that Apple has compensated a customers who was injured in a fight outside Bejing’s Sanlitun Apple Store waiting in line at the iPad 2 launch in China. The customer, Ding Wencheng, was reportedly paid 20,000 yuan, or approximately $3000. State reports claim that a foreign Apple employee began hitting people suspected […]
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Apple Reportedly Compensates Customer Injured at Chinese Retail Store

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The AFP is reporting that Apple has compensated a customers who was injured in a fight outside Bejing’s Sanlitun Apple Store waiting in line at the iPad 2 launch in China. The customer, Ding Wencheng, was reportedly paid 20,000 yuan, or approximately $3000.

State reports claim that a foreign Apple employee began hitting people suspected of jumping line. In all, several were hospitalized, and the front door was smashed.

Seemingly contradicting the state report, Apple spokesperson Carolyn Wu acknowledged the fight, but did not acknowledge a pay off. Here is what Wu said:

“The Apple Store Sanlitun was 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.”

Pretty standard boilerplate really. Anyway, it wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility for the other injured in the incident to receive compensation from Apple.

So, did a store employee start this, by acting like he was on a elementary school playground and teach those line cutters a lesson? Or did an unruly mob hurt some innocent bystanders? I’m still not sure I know what exactly happened.

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