Woman Gets Tasered By Police When Trying To Buy Too Many iPhones [Video]

Woman Gets Tasered By Police When Trying To Buy Too Many iPhones [Video]

Xiaojie Li, a 44-year-old woman living in Newton, Massachusetts, was pinned to the ground and tasered by police on Tuesday when she attempted to buy a few too many iPhones from her local Apple store. Li says she was buying the devices on behalf of relatives in China, and she was carrying $16,000 in cash when police arrested her.

Li first purchased two iPhone 5 handsets last Friday at the store in Nashua’s Pheasant Lane Mall, and Apple staff advised her when she attempted to purchase more that she had reached the two-per-customer limit. Li then began filming other customers on her cellphone in the belief that they had bought more than two units. That’s when Apple staff asked her to leave.

Li did leave, but she returned to the store again on Tuesday to pick up another two iPhone 5 handsets she had reserved online. Staff again refused to sell the handsets to her, and the store manager asked her to leave — a request that Li says she didn’t understand. The manager then asked a police officer within the mall to escort her out.

“The officer approached her, told her she wasn’t welcome in the store, and she refused to leave,” Nashua police captain Bruce Hansen told WCVB TV, who spoke to Li about her arrest. You can see the interview in the video below.

http://youtu.be/4u5MdoXx13U

Li claims she was purchasing the devices on behalf of relatives in China, but with $16,000 in cash, it’s possible the devices would’ve ended up on China’s grey market. Apple’s latest iOS devices are big business for gangs of scalpers there, who purchase them for the sole purpose of selling them on at a profit.

It’s a process Apple doesn’t approve of, and it had recently been working to prevent it. It has introduced a reservation system in China that requires customers to order their devices online first before they pick them up at a local Apple store. Only a certain number of devices can be charged to one credit card, and customers must have photo ID when they collect their purchase.

Scalpers have found ways around Apple’s system, however, including employing others to purchase the devices on their behalf, and importing them from other countries.

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  • FriarNurgle

    Shocking.

  • technochick

    Really Killian, is your need to be a hit whore that disrespectful to post a headline implying that Apple did this.

    She was tasered per local police policy for resisting arrest, not for buying or attempting to buy iPhones.

    I realize that you are a blogger not a journalist but really this is disgusting behavior and Cult of Mac is really degraded itself by making it common practice.

  • Koban4max

    sad…sad… COM became nothing but jokesters…huh?

  • hanhothi

    And she gets Tazered? Badge heavy US Authorities!

  • Dan B

    I’m guessing that the daughter who translated for the news cast was there at the Apple Store as well, and would have had no problem translating for her mother at the Apple Store to make sure she knew the rules. Disgusting that she is trying to hype up the victim role here.

  • Koban4max

    well..back to china i guess…. one word: foxconn

  • Dan B

    Having been at 2 launches now where this kind of foul play was occurring I hope this serves as a detourrant. I think it is pretty clear that these folks know the rules, otherwise they would not bring $16,000 as well as 4 generations of there family to ensure they can buy as many iPhones as possible. If they did not know the rules, then why would they continually try and sneak back into the line to get more reservation cards after they already received the 2 each person is allowed? It has really made what would otherwise be fun product launches not so fun to have these folks try and cut in line and pretend they don’t understand and hope you do nothing, or have my favorite Apple friends and my local Apple Store have to reprimand them. There is limited supply, and it is not fair that people bring multiple generations of there family, in some cases 90+ year old Great Grandparents who obviously don’t care about an iPhone to take up the stock that everybody wants. They end up getting caught when they get these iPhones and iPads to China anyway and the authorities confiscate them, WHICH IS A COMPLETE WASTE!!! If they don’t understand, I’m sure the children and grandchildren can help them understand what they are being told.

  • Stuka_UK

    Shocking.

    Good one!

    …. and way to go there officers

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    She was tasered for resisting arrest, not for buying iPhones.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    This article sounds a lot more interesting when they specify being tasered for buying Apple iPhones. Resisting arrest could happen anywhere, but putting Apple behind the dirty deed makes it far more interesting. My hate is really rising now. They should have let her spend that $16,000 to buy as many iPhones as she wanted. You think any Android device sellers would care how many Android smartphones a customer wanted buy. They’d sell them all in one shot and Google’s daily activations would jump another 1%. This is just one more reason why Android is winning. Android smartphone sellers don’t taser customers bearing loot like Apple does.

    /s

  • Koban4max

    This article sounds a lot more interesting when they specify being tasered for buying Apple iPhones. Resisting arrest could happen anywhere, but putting Apple behind the dirty deed makes it far more interesting. My hate is really rising now. They should have let her spend that $16,000 to buy as many iPhones as she wanted. You think any Android device sellers would care how many Android smartphones a customer wanted buy. They’d sell them all in one shot and Google’s daily activations would jump another 1%. This is just one more reason why Android is winning. Android smartphone sellers don’t taser customers bearing loot like Apple does.

    /s

    it’s about letting others have the chance to buy.

  • Brandon Dillon

    I’m guessing that the daughter who translated for the news cast was there at the Apple Store as well, and would have had no problem translating for her mother at the Apple Store to make sure she knew the rules. Disgusting that she is trying to hype up the victim role here.

    “I’m guessing”

    should have realized that after that point, you were making an ass out of yourself.

  • ChasL

    I greatly suspect the NH Apple store was racial profiling patrons and refused to sell her phones because she’s Chinese. Fact is Apple had lifted the two phone limit for the Holidays (verifiable via apple.com, Apple corporate relations, even the NH store told me there’s no purchase limit.)

    Refusing service based on race is discrimination and illegal in America.

    And is Apple really in the business of regulating what people do with the Apple goods they purchase? If why should people buy iPhones to make “smash iPhone” youtube video be barred from purchasing? How about people who resell on ebay?

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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