When 44-year-old Chinese national, Xiaojie Li showed up at Nashua's Pheasant Lane Mall Apple Store to pick up two iPhone 5's she ordered online — she was reportedly told by the manager that she had reached the store's two-per-customer limit.
Several minutes later, a YouTube video shows Xiaojie Li being wrested to the floor by Nashua police, that's when the taser was used to subdue the woman in order to place her in handcuffs.
Apparently Li, who lives in Newton, Massachusetts, had been to the same New Hampshire Apple store on Friday and already purchased two iPhone 5 units — according to police, she was carrying roughly $16,000 in cash when she was arrested.
The heated scuffle began after Li was asked to leave the store when the manager spotted her videotaping customers on Tuesday — Li insisted that other customers were allowed two buy more than two devices and wanted to capture proof on video.
When Xiaojie Li refused to leave the Apple store, Nashua police swooped in to escort the woman off the premises and that's when chaos ensued as she reportedly began to resist arrest.
“They threw her on the ground, they threw her around, they bruised her all over the place, they handcuffed her way too hard.” Li’s fiance, John Hugo, told WBZ-TV.
One report indicates that Miss Li has already hired a lawyer to fight her charges, claiming that police overreacted. Which might be the case since MacRumors reported on December 4th that Apple had already lifted the two-per-customer limit on unlocked iPhone 5 devices.
“An Apple Retail source tells us that the prior restrictions on retail iPhone 5 purchases — two per transaction and a ten-phone lifetime limit — have been changed to ten phones per transaction and no lifetime limit.” Source - Mac Rumors
It's way too soon to call the outcome of this grand buffoonery, but after looking at the video (below) where Xiaojie Li can be heard screaming in pain on the mall floor — Tim Cook may need to start preparing another iPhone 5-inspired apology. Sooner than later.
“She was scared, she didn't understand," John Hugo added. "I was outraged. You go into a store, and you end up getting brutalized by the police.”
As for Nashua police — they're convinced the event was a fairly routine arrest, implying that a taser was necessary since Li was resisting arrest. Good luck making that one stick fellas.