Chinese Consumers Go Crazy for iPhone 4S, Apple Stores in Bejing Shut Down

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It's not often -- in fact, it's unheard of for a store to close shop because of too many customers. But an Apple store in Bejing never even opened this morning, saying they were worried about the big crowd of Chinese consumers camped outside the store, waiting to get their hands on the iPhone 4S, which launched in China today.

The Financial Times reports that things got a little hectic at the Apple store in central Bejing when a security guard came outside at sunrise to deliver the disappointing news to the throng of cold and hungry consumers: They wouldn't be able to get their iPhone 4S today.

"Stores in China have already sold out," an Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu told the FT. "Unfortunately, we were unable to open our store at Sanlitun [in Beijing] due to the large crowd, and to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, [iPhone 4Ss] will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being."

Of course, Chinese customers can still order Siri online, but needless to say, that didn't satisfy tired, cold, and hungry consumers who were expecting to have their hands on the sleek Siri by now. Furious Apple-lovers began arguing with security guards and chanting "Open the door!" and "Liars!"

Then they started pelting the store with eggs.

Police arrived, putting yellow tape around the Apple retailer, as protesters booed and yelled. Would-be buyers were reportedly pushed outside the taped perimeter, where they stood gazing at a giant screen, taunting them with iPhone commercials. 

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What exactly do you suppose drives those people crazy like that?www.Total-Privacy dot US

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