Egg-(de)faced Apple cancels iPhone 4S sales in China

Crowds outside store prompt iPhone 4S sale cancelation; melee ensues

Crowd loses control

Crowd loses control

Apple says it is suspending all iPhone 4S sales at its five retail stores in China after huge crowds waiting to enter one of them were determined to pose a safety risk to personnel . The abrupt cancellation prompted howls of protest, a melee and arrests, with one of those protesting producing a bag of eggs that were hurled against the store’s glass doors.

Customers angered

A man screams at security guards outside of an Apple store in Beijing.

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Armed with eggs

A man wearing a tan-colored coat carries a plastic bag filled with eggs that were then hurled at an Apple store in Beijing after customers who had waited overnight learned they would not get a chance to purchase an iPhone 4S.

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Found their mark

Streaks of egg can be seen on the outer glass of an Apple store in China.

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Not for sale

Close-up of the egg streaks and signage for the iPhone 4S that would-be customers were told they could not buy.

In custody

A police officer grabs hold of the jacket of man who soon be dragged away from Beijing Apple store.

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Medical attention

A woman who police had earlier dragged away from the entrance of a Beijing Apple store is taken on a stretcher to an ambulance.

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Standing guard

Police guard an Apple store in China after earlier dispersing a crowd that became unruly after learning they would be unable to buy an iPhone 4S.

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