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Riot Forces Apple Stores to Stop Selling iPhone4S in China - 'For the Time Being

"One of the five Apple stores in China was egged and a small riot ensued as people heard that the phone was sold out."

Last Friday, Apple launched their latest iPhone 4s in China and 21 other countries. The demand in China was so great that product shortages sparked a violent reaction.

As is typical with Apple products released in China, large crowds gathered outside the stores to purchase the new phone. However, one of the five Apple stores in China was egged and a small riot ensued as people heard that the phone was sold out.

CNN reports that store security guards were chased and beaten by angry customers. Police were called to the scene and helped disperse the unhappy crowd which numbered over 1000 people at one point.

The Apple store that suffered the egging is in the Sanlitun district of Beijing also happens to be the same location where a fight between a store employee and a customer broke out last May when the previous iPhone was released.

Following the violence, Apple has pulled the phone from stores China - "for the time being." Customers can still order the phone online.

 

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