Friday, November 17, 2006

PlayStation 3: it's a TOY, you idiots!

Long lines, short supplies -- and occasionally, violence -- greeted the initial purchasers of Sony's PlayStation 3 when the coveted console went on sale early Friday.

Do you believe this?

With shortages resulting from production problems, many had camped out for days without knowing if they'd be going home empty-handed.

Ah, if only that were the worst that could happen.

In Connecticut, two armed thugs who got wise to the PS3's high price and tried to rob a line of people waiting outside a Putnam Wal-Mart store at 3 a.m. One person who refused to give up the money was shot, state police said.

Two robbers shot Michael Penkala, 21, of Webster Mass., in the shoulder after he confronted them, police said. He was taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester for treatment; there was no word on his condition as of mid-day Friday.

In Lexington, Ky., four people waiting outside a Best Buy were hit by BB pellets, though none was seriously injured, according to WKYT, whose own reporter was hit as she interviewed buyers.

In Boston, police were called to Copley Place Mall at about 5 a.m. after the security staff was unable to control a large crowd that rushed in to buy the new gaming system from a Sony Style store that opened early, police spokesman Officer Sharon Dottin said.

Unbelievable. Welcome to the "holiday season," sheesh.

Source: USA Today