It's hard to believe this actually happened, but apparently it's true. The BBC reports that LG executed a marketing stunt in Seoul on Friday in which it "released 100 helium balloons, each with a free smartphone voucher," at a publicity event.
The phones are worth about $900 each, and consequently, folks showed up sporting BB guns and, in one case, a "pointed staff" to pop the balloons.
The pandemonium following the balloon release left 20 people injured.
LG has cancelled future events in what evidently was a planned series.
Nope, still can't believe it entirely. This is like a reality TV-inspired version of the famous WKRP turkey drop stunt that keys on provoking man's inhumanity to man. Would be weirdly awesome if real people weren't getting hurt in the process. Instead, it's just sheer insanity.
For the uninitiated, here's the WKRP turkey drop in a nutshell.
At least it was fictional.
|Apple's A9 impresses and the Nexus strikes back: The TR Podcast 188||30|
|Microsoft acquires Havok physics engine from Intel||80|
|AMD unleashes mobile Tonga with the FirePro W7170M||13|
|Deals of the week: Crucial's MX200 500GB SSD and more||11|
|Report: TSMC makes around 6 in 10 Apple A9 SoCs||19|
|Mobile Quadros bring Maxwell to 15" and 17" workstations||4|
|Report: Amazon to halt sales of Chromecast and Apple TV||41|
|The Tech Report Podcast is live on Twitch||2|
|A billion Android devices could be vulnerable to Stagefright 2.0 bug||50|