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Beijing Apple Store Egged After iPhone 4S Launch Cancelled

Feng Li/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- It seems that a few bad eggs -- literally -- ruined it for all of those in Beijing who were hoping to get their hands on an iPhone 4S, which officially launched Friday in China.

Eggs were launched at the Apple’s flagship store in the Sanlitun area of Beijing after the American tech giant canceled the sale of iPhones over safety concerns.

More than 1,000 eager customers waited overnight in the freezing cold at Beijing’s Sanlitun Village outdoor shopping center anticipating the official launch of the popular iPhone 4S in China.

Among the crowd were reportedly gangs of scalpers who wanted to scoop up the first batch of the popular smartphones with the intent of reselling them immediately.  The gangs reportedly employed teams of migrant workers to stand in line overnight.  Movie extras were hired straight from outside the Beijing film studios and brought in by buses to get their hands on the phones, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Lines began to form Thursday afternoon outside the Apple’s Beijing flagship store.  The crowd reportedly swelled to as many as 2,000 overnight which apparently started to worry Apple employees. And they had every reason to.

Last May, during the launch of the previous model, iPhone 4, the same Sanlitun store was closed for several hours after a fight broke out between an employee and a customer.

When the stored failed to open Friday morning, the crowd erupted.  A person with a megaphone soon announced the sale was canceled, and some disappointed customers then began launching raw eggs at the store.  It remains unclear why some people in the crowd were prepared with shopping bags full of eggs.

Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu issued a statement saying, “We were unable to open our store at Sanlitun due to the large crowd, and to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, the iPhone will not be available in our retail stores in Beijing and Shanghai for the time being.”

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