Woman Tased After Trying to Buy Too Many iPhones

    December 13, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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If you are doing your xmas shopping in Nashua, Hew Hampshire this year, you should know that their Apple Store is probably not going to sell you more than two iPhones, no matter how hard you plead. In fact, they’ll probably just call the cops and you’ll wind up getting tased.

At least that’s what happened to Xiaojie Li. After being escorted out of an Apple Store in in the second-largest city in the state, police used force to subdue her after they claim she resisted arrest.

According to WCVB, this whole incident centered around Li’s desire to purchase multiple iPhones for her family back in China. When we say “multiple,” we mean a lot. Li was reportedly carrying $16,000 in cash at the time of her arrest.

It all started when Li purchased two iPhones last Friday, which happens to be the store maximum. She apparently confronted the store manager with video she had taken that supposedly showed other customers being allowed to purchase more than two iPhones. She was asked to leave the store.

A few days later, Li returned to pick up more iPhones that she has ordered online. When she refused to leave the store, authorities were notified.

Li and her daughter are blaming the whole thing on a language barrier, as Li only speaks Chinese and says she couldn’t understand anything the Apple Store employees or the police were talking about. She’s been charged with two misdemeanors as a result of the incident.

iPhone limits? Tasings? Possible excessive user of force by local police? It’s shaping up to be a banner holiday season already, folks.

  • ChasL

    I suspect race played a role in refusing sale and calling the cop on the Chinese woman while letting other people buy more phone. Google “Apple lifts iphone limit” and see Apple had lifted the limit for holidays. I called the Pheasant Lane Apple Store and they will sell me more than two phones.

    • dana

      Another Douche’ Bag moment for police . Apple sold them to her online ,they should have honored it .Tasing over a department store purchase? If that was the mayors wife it would not of happened . Apple should make this right .

  • cheerful

    I agree with ChasL… Pretty “standard routine” for perhaps another situation NOT similar to this one! I’m from the south and pretty accustomed to ignorant beings, but this is ridiculous… tasers used on a cash paying customer – who doesn’t speak English??? WOW. I can only imagine how confused and scared this woman was during all of that over use of force. The arresting officers should be ashamed of themselves and reprimanded, but of course the good ole boy clan will never allow that to happen…

  • Ryan

    there is a difference between buying 4 phones for your family with a contract and buying 20 phones off contract, asking for them to be unopened/unactivated. I work for a retailer and our limit is 1 per customer per day if purchasing at full price, and we have to activate it (do a hardware swap onto an existing account).

  • dana

    Ryan, Maybe your mother will get tased for buying too many cans of soup one day without the right coupon . Poor ryan hard at work activating phones and swapping tupaware .

  • FFS

    Buying phones is not the issue. You resist arrest, you get what you deserve. Period.

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