Wednesday, August 17, 2005

What people will do for a $50 laptop

O.k. so you might have already seen this but wow, I just had to say something about this. Apparently a mob broke out when they were selling laptops for $50.

"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."

What the heck is wrong with some people? I may be nuts but I'm not going to kick someones grandpa just to get a cheap laptop! Geez. Get your heads checked people.

It reminds me of the time that Ikea had a promotion at their stores where the first 50 people who showed up to their stores dressed up as a Christmas present would receive a $100 gift certificate. My boyfriend and I thought it would be fun to go and we were willing to get up pretty early for $100 gift card each! So we can some big boxes, wrapped them up in gift wrap and headed over to the Ikea store at 5 a.m. By the time we got there, there were hundreds of people already lined up. People had tents, sleeping bags and had set up camp right out there in the Ikea parking lot. At first we were just going to keep driving, but I really wanted to get out and talk to these people. They were some hardcore folks. Some of them had been there camped out for 2 days! Others were waiting in line in the freezing cold even though they were clearly not the first 50 people. One lady was freaking out because she was number 51 and was duking it out with numbers 49 & 50.

But c'mon! Lets get real people. $50 laptops and $100 Ikea gift cards is nothing to get worked up over!

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6 comments:

Ilaiy said...

Isn't it crazy .. I was not sure if i would be able to do that ..


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Chris said...

Figures... It's Richmond, VA!

TG said...

Free stuff is free stuff! I would have brought a gun and just threatened or even shot my way to the front of the line! But I guess that is why I'm in prison now.

abileneblues said...

Interesting. I wonder what would happen if you walked up to people on the street and offered them $100 (or $900 for that matter) to commit a felony.

stevie.be. said...

wow, shit. that is hilarious. can you imaging if they were handing out fried chicken? j/k

that seriously is insane!

Bailey said...

Funny you bring up the IKEA story.
Our IKEA store had the same kinda thing. They opened a new store in Houston, and the first person in got a $10,000 Shopping spree, and the other 200 first in got gift cards ranging from $50 to $1,000.
We were out at the bars at 2 am, and decided to drive by on the way home, there were over 500 people in line. Most had been there for over 3 days!
Crazy!