Want an iPhone 5? You might get tasered first.

By Mark Gibbs, Network World |  Mobile & Wireless, iPhone, iPhone 5

When the Apple store management saw Ms. Li they asked her to leave and this was, it seems, when she started videoing and a policeman, who was moonlighting as store security, got involved and did the obvious thing: He tasered her (there is, of course, a video of the whole incident).

This ridiculously over-the-top response to a small Chinese woman who doesn't speak English very well was described by Nashua's chief of police as justified because security is needed to control "groups who will buy large numbers of the devices and then sell them for a profit overseas."

So, what this comes down to is the police doing what they should, protecting Apple's "official" market and the fact that Ms. Li was tasered is the fault of the Indian and Chinese gray markets. Right. Talk about putting the "Christ!" in Christmas.

Here's hoping the charges of criminal trespass and resisting arrest against Ms. Li are dismissed and that she and you, have a great holiday. And my seasonal purchasing advice? Stay away from Apple stores.

Gibbs is inclined to celebrate Festivus in Ventura, Calif. Could you wrestle him to the floor? Challenges to backspin@gibbs.com and follow him on Twitter and App.net (@quistuipater) and on Facebook (quistuipater).

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