Hundreds Of Fake iPhone 5s Hurled Out Of 18th Story Window



What do you when you’re a maker of illegal Chinese iPhone knockoffs and the police come with a battering ram to your door? It starts raining fake iPhone 5s. Hallelujah?

When the police arrived at the Shenzhen shop, four Chinese iPhone knockoff dealers decided to get rid of the evidence… by flinging almost a thousand clone smartphones, including one purporting to be the still unreleased, unannounced iPhone 5 out of their windows.

The only problem? They were eighteen stories up. Although no one was hurt, several cars and fences were smashed by the deluge of fake Apple products.

When police finally bashed in their doors, the four men were burning transaction records, but the police managed to recover a customers database.

By the time police restrained the men, they had managed to throw 656 fake iPhones with 140 fake cases out of the window. The men are now in custody.

Why the sudden zealousness on the part of Chinese authorities to crack down on the black market iPhone knockoff trade? The World University Summer Games is taking place in August, and local authorities don’t want foreigners to get burned on the bum iPhones. Maybe it’s more acceptable to be bombarded with them instead?


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