iBook frenzy

Outta my way, Cleetus!

School officials in an economically disadvantaged county in Virginia thought that they would do the local scruds a favour by selling them used iBooks from the school system at the bargain price of $50. There were 1000 of the none-too-gently-used laptops for sale, but more than 12000 of the county's fine and upstanding citizens showed up at the NASCAR racetrack (insert your own hilljack joke here ... really, this is too easy) looking for their piece of the bargain iBook pie.

There was a line at one time, and people had been in it for hours (some choosing to piss their pants rather than lose their spots) but when the gates opened the line turned into a mob which turned into a chair-swinging hillbilly melee. As they say in the news biz, pictures at 11.

My favourite quote: "I took my chair here and I threw it over my shoulder and I went, 'Bam' ... They were getting in front of me and I was there a lot earlier than them, so I thought that it was just," he said.

Posted: Tue - August 16, 2005 at 03:58 PM