In an incident that many will consider shocking, a Chinese woman who attempted buy too many iPhones at a local Apple retail store in Nashua, New Hamspshire found herself in a terrifying ordeal: being tasered by local police who were called in to provide security.
The women spoke to a local TV crew about her ordeal and, through her daughter translating as she claims she does not speak English, she had purchased two iPhones the day before and had returned to try and purchase two more for relatives overseas. Apple would not sell her the phones on the second visit and asked her to leave. Not knowing English, she did not comply, and that was when police were called in.
According to local police, Apple had issues with people buying multiple iPhones in the U.S. and then turning around and selling them at inflated prices overseas, especially in countries where the iPhone isn’t either officially available through Apple or a local carrier partner. It appears that in New Hampshire, Apple is trying to curtail this behavior by limiting two iPhones per person.
Police also said that the woman had $16,000 in cash on her at the time of her arrest. It’s unclear if she was using the money to buy iPhones to resell, as the police disclosure may seemingly imply, or for what other reasons she would carry such a large sum of cash.
It’s really peculiar that such force–the use of a taser–was used in trying to remove the woman from the Apple Store, and at the end of the day, it just seems like it was a communication issue with a language barrier. The 44 year-old woman is due in court for her two misdemeanor chargers in January, and hopefully the situation will get sorted out.
Apple has so far not offered any comments on the situation.