District’s laptop sale triggers stampede

August 18, 2005

Henrico County, Va., school leaders got a hard lesson in supply and demand on Aug. 16 when a rush to purchase $50 used laptops from the district turned into a violent stampede, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair, and nearly driven over. One woman reportedly went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

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