MUNICH, GERMANY - The Munich Apple store grand opening hosted a record number of Apple faithful on December 5th, anxious to fondle and caress all things Mac. The capacity crowd waited in line for hours at this historic event without a single person being trampled, pushed or even nudged when the doors opened at 10 AM. Apple handed out commemorative tee shirts to the first 2,500 hundred visitors coming through their doors.
Leave it to German ingenuity to devise a unique way to document hundreds of people flooding the entrance of the first Apple store in Munich capturing the moment in stunning QTVR fullscreen panorama. The amazing panorama photos were taken by photographer Willy Kaemena and then converted into extreme QuickTime virtual reality.
The highly organized crowd management at the Munich Apple store was in sharp contrast to the chaos caused by 2,000 people gathered at a Long Island, Wal-Mart store on Black Friday rushing the entrance when the store opened, reportedly ripping the doors off their hinges. A Wal-Mart employee was killed after being trampled by the out of control crowd.
"Long Island and Munich are very different," said New Jersey resident Elam Nikserof, present for the Munich grand opening. "The biggest difference I noticed was that people are very polite, they speak mostly German here and their signs are not even in English. I didn't expect that."