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20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event 151

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the run-for-cover dept.
coolnumbr12 tipped us to a tale of a contest gone wrong at LG's G2 release event. Quoting El Reg: "The PR boffins at LG decided it would be a good idea to release 100 helium-filled balloons, each carrying a voucher entitling the recipient to claim their 950,000 won ($852.54) smartphone. It then took to social media to promote the event, inviting people to witness the balloons' release and encouraging them to grab one of the vouchers. But what must have sounded like a good idea in the marketing meeting quickly dissolved into chaos. People aren’t stupid. They figured out that the only way to get the voucher was to burst the balloons, and they showed up equipped to do so with BB guns, knives on sticks, and other tools." In the ensuing carnage, 20 people were injured. Whoops.
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20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event

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  • and vicey-versy.
    • by Joviex (976416) on Monday August 12, 2013 @10:14PM (#44548625)
      Isnt that one of those sayings people who fucked up say to make themselves feel better? There is plenty of publicity that is horrible to receive, especially when unwanted. Anthony Weiner. You think the publicity he got made good for him imagewise? Pollwise? Granted, the guy was a dick to begin with, who would have voted for him, but the phallusy that all publicity is good, hardly.
      • by LordLucless (582312) on Tuesday August 13, 2013 @01:52AM (#44549635)

        but the phallusy that all publicity is good, hardly.

        I so hope that was deliberate

      • by asylumx (881307)
        Did you know who Anthony Weiner was before that went down? Doubtful. Next question: Do you know who is opposing him in his current race? Also doubtful. Seems to me that through all his transgressions, he's actually set himself up quite well. I still think he's an idiot, but luckily for him he's not running somewhere that I can vote for/against him.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        You misunderstand the GP, he's British and commented in the wrong thread. He's saying any TAVERN is a good tavern. Not that I agree with him, but...

        "Any pub." Sheesh, you guys are lazy. If you're too lazy to spell it out, just lurk.

    • by c0lo (1497653) on Monday August 12, 2013 @10:20PM (#44548671)

      any pub is good pub

      Not this one [wikipedia.org], no.

    • Bullshit. (Score:5, Interesting)

      by bmo (77928) on Monday August 12, 2013 @11:44PM (#44549057)

      People are dumb. The amount of dumbth is directly proportional to the crowd size.

      Some of us are old enough to remember the Rolling Stones concert with the Hell's Angels drunken "security" detail and the Who concert with "festival" seating.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert [wikipedia.org]

      I was a wee tyke when this happened, but I remember the news story.

      http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/eleven-people-killed-in-a-stampede-outside-who-concert-in-cincinnati-ohio [history.com]

      --
      BMO - "You'll put your eye out!" /christmas_story

    • by LurkerXXX (667952) on Tuesday August 13, 2013 @01:29AM (#44549565)

      Les Nessman: I'm here with hundreds of people who have gathered to witness what has been described as perhaps the greatest turkey event in Thanksgiving Day history. All we know for sure is that in a very few moments there are going to be a lot of happy people out here. Now the crowd is...
      [passers-by gawk at Les]
      Les Nessman: The... the crowd is uh... curious but well behaved. And I think I hear something now. Uh... The crowd is moving out into the parking area. And... oh yes! I can see it now. It's a... it's a... helicopter and it's coming this way!
      Andy Travis: A helicopter?
      Les Nessman: It's flying something behind it and I can't quite make it out. It's a large banner and it says H A P P Y... T H A N K S... giving... from W... K... R... P! What a sight, ladies and gentlemen. What a sight. The 'copter seems to circling the parking area now. I guess it's looking for a place to land. No! Something just came out of the back of a helicopter. It's a dark object, perhaps a skydiver plummeting to the earth from only two thousand feet in the air... There's a third... No parachutes yet... Those can't be skydivers. I can't tell just yet what they are but... Oh my God! They're turkeys! Oh no! Johnny can you get this? Oh, they're crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! This is terrible! Everyone's running around pushing each other. Oh my goodness! Oh, the humanity! People are running about. The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Folks, I don't know how much longer... The crowd is running for their lives. I think I'm going to step inside. I can't stand here and watch this anymore. No, I can't go in there. Children are searching for their mothers and oh, not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this. I don't know how much longer I can hold my position here, Johnny. The crowd...
      Dr. Johnny Fever: Les? Les? Les, are you there? Les isn't there. Thanks for that on-the-spot report, Les. For those of you who've just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys. Film at eleven.

      Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: You want me, Mr. Carlson?
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Oh, yeah. Come in, Jennifer. Have a seat.
      Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: No, thank you.
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Well all right. At this particular point in time, I would like to dictate a press release.
      Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: I don't take dictation.
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: What? Alright, I guess I can do this thing myself. It's probably going to be a long meeting though; so why don't you get coffee for all the guys here?
      Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: I don't get coffee, Mr. Carlson. We agreed.
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Oh, yeah.
      Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: You have to draw the line somewhere.
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: You got that right.
      Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: Will there be anything else I can do?
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: No. I think that about does it.
      Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: Thank you.
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Oh, no. Thank you.
      Les Nessman: How does she get away with that?
      Herbert 'Herb' Tarlek: Are you kidding?

      [Les walks in, looking dazed]
      Venus Flytrap: Les! Are you okay?
      Les Nessman: I don't know. A man and his two children tried to kill me. After the turkeys hit the pavement, the crowd kind of scattered but, some of them tried to attack *me*! I had to jam myself into a phone booth! Then Mr. Carlson had the helicopter land in the middle of the parking lot. I guess he thought he could save the day by turning the rest of the turkeys loose. It gets pretty strange after that.
      Venus Flytrap: [to Andy] *How* is it strange?
      Andy Travis: Yeah, right. Les, c'mon now, tell us the rest.
      Les Nessman: [freaked out] I really don't know how to describe it. It was like the turkeys mounted a counter-attack! It was almost as if they were... organized!
      [Mr. Carlson comes out of his office]
      Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!

  • "We couldn't have expected better results if we had planned it."

  • Obligatory: (Score:5, Funny)

    by faedle (114018) on Monday August 12, 2013 @08:18PM (#44547825) Homepage Journal

    "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"

  • Uhh... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by readingaccount (2909349) on Monday August 12, 2013 @08:22PM (#44547845)

    People arenâ(TM)t stupid

    BB guns, knives on sticks

    20 people were injured

    Apparently they are.

  • Link? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 12, 2013 @08:24PM (#44547867)

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/12/20_injured_at_lg_smartphone_giveaway_as_pr_stunt_turns_sour/

  • Link? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Microlith (54737)

    So why did no one bother to ensure there was a link to the article from which the submission was plucked [theregister.co.uk]? Stop being so sloppy, Unknown Lamer.

  • Link? (Score:5, Informative)

    by LordLucless (582312) on Monday August 12, 2013 @08:25PM (#44547877)
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, it is too much to ask. This is slashdot.

  • How do you say "oh shit!" in Korean?
  • Yes they are. This story proves that.

  • Inaccurate summary (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jiro (131519) on Monday August 12, 2013 @09:04PM (#44548175)

    Fortunately someone else posted the link to the article, which in turn has a Korea Times link. 20 people were hurt, but they seem to have been hurt in the riot; the fact that BB guns were shot is a separate statement and nowhere does the article sayor imply that the 20 people who were hurt were shot by the guns.

    • Buzzkill.

    • I agree. The bb gun guys (hopefully) waited until they were high enough to pick off. The people hurt were probably the idiots piling up on eachother trying to get up that wall.

  • I think I might have preferred a low-flying blimp, and a giant net.....

  • "My marketing plan attracted a record number of police and fire officials, but few stayed to bowl."

  • Offtopic Alert (Score:5, Insightful)

    by denmarkw00t (892627) on Monday August 12, 2013 @10:15PM (#44548631) Homepage Journal

    Mods: I have some simple requests:

      - It's ok to edit poor grammar or at least add a [sic] when it's just unbearable to read
      - Headlines should actually reflect the content of the story ACCURATELY
      - Sensationalizing is for the source, it has no place here
      - It's generally expected of us here in the comments to RTFA before going off blasting things out of our arses - we'd appreciate the same from you
      - Post some crappy book reviews every now and then - why not?
      - Make updates when it makes sense or when comments accurately point out misleading or important details - I notice this happening on some things (kernel-related stories) but not so much on "news" news.

    • by oldhack (1037484)

      - It's generally expected of us here in the comments to RTFA before going off blasting things out of our arses - we'd appreciate the same from you

      You're a clueless noob. Off with your head.

      BTW, the lamer is about the only decent "editor" on slashdot. Bust his head when appropriate, but pat him on the back as well.

      • 20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event

        Where appropriate.

        I'll pat any editor on the back that posts a store that doesn't result in numerous "Here's the link to TFA" comments as well as "The headline is completely misleading" comments - I want (some) quality discussion.

  • Indiana 2014 (Score:2, Interesting)

    by bugs2squash (1132591)
    so for the cost of a exhibitor's pass, 1000 balloons, a tank of He and a dozen vouchers for free duck calls we could be rid of the NRA forever ?
  • Walmart must have made a killing that day.
  • LG
    Loonatics with Guns.

  • The advertisers just elevated stupid, and the people who wanted free stuff only helped make the case for Stupid a solid win for entertainment.

    I read the summary and it just made me laugh. /facepalm

  • *passing through security* Oh this? It's just my knife of a stick.
    Seriously, how did that happen? Morons!
  • by fnj (64210)

    Shot with battleships guns? 16" guns like BB-61 Iowa? Jeeze, those 2700 pound shells are enough to ruin your day.

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