Apple pays damages over iPad 2 scuffle

Firm pays ?1,835 to man following mini-riot in the Chinese capital
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Apple has paid the equivalent of £1,835 to a man in Beijing who was reportedly injured during a scuffle which broke out as crowds gathered to get hold of the iPad 2 and white iPhone on Saturday.

According to the AFP, Apple claims its employees acted in self defense as a mini-riot broke out outside the flagship Beijing. Apparently the store was closed as rowdy Apple fans smashed windows to get hold of the much sought after gizmos.

The Chinese state press however asserts that the store was rushed by the angry crowd after it witnessed a 'foreign' Apple employee push and beat people suspected of jumping the queue.

Police mediated in the ensuing litigation, which saw Ding Wencheng, 27, receive the compensation.

"The Apple Store Sanlitun was closed for several hours on Saturday after a group outside the store became unruly," Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu told AFP in a statement. "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."

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