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20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event

Unknown Lamer posted about 8 months ago | from the run-for-cover dept.

Idle 151

coolnumbr12 tipped us to a tale of a contest gone wrong at LG's G2 release event. Quoting El Reg: "The PR boffins at LG decided it would be a good idea to release 100 helium-filled balloons, each carrying a voucher entitling the recipient to claim their 950,000 won ($852.54) smartphone. It then took to social media to promote the event, inviting people to witness the balloons' release and encouraging them to grab one of the vouchers. But what must have sounded like a good idea in the marketing meeting quickly dissolved into chaos. People aren’t stupid. They figured out that the only way to get the voucher was to burst the balloons, and they showed up equipped to do so with BB guns, knives on sticks, and other tools." In the ensuing carnage, 20 people were injured. Whoops.

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any pub is good pub (2)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 8 months ago | (#44547815)

and vicey-versy.

Re:any pub is good pub (5, Insightful)

Joviex (976416) | about 8 months ago | (#44548625)

Isnt that one of those sayings people who fucked up say to make themselves feel better? There is plenty of publicity that is horrible to receive, especially when unwanted. Anthony Weiner. You think the publicity he got made good for him imagewise? Pollwise? Granted, the guy was a dick to begin with, who would have voted for him, but the phallusy that all publicity is good, hardly.

Re:any pub is good pub (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548921)

Well, it got you talking about him, his name on the tip of your tongue and in the mouths of those nationwide.

IMO, he's less of a dick and more of a tool...

Is it good pub if it causes you to fail? (4, Informative)

Camael (1048726) | about 8 months ago | (#44549037)

Well, it got you talking about him, his name on the tip of your tongue and in the mouths of those nationwide

Yes, people are talking about him. Negatively. So?

The publicity from his first scandal caused him to resign form the Congress seat he had already won [wikipedia.org].

The publicity from his second scandal is doing a fine job of killing his bid to be the NYC mayor [businessinsider.com].

The publicity is always about his sexual habits. Not about how good a leader/person he is, his achievements or qualifications, his contributions to society etc. None of that matters. And it gives his opponents a free shot at him that he can't dodge.

The fact that he resigned in 2011 and kept a low profile for a year I'm sure was because he hoped the publicity would die down and be forgotten. All in all, I'm pretty sure he'd rather not have to deal with this '"good" publicity.

Re:any pub is good pub (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548987)

What lazy marketing people say to justify themselves

Bullshit. (4, Interesting)

bmo (77928) | about 8 months ago | (#44549057)

People are dumb. The amount of dumbth is directly proportional to the crowd size.

Some of us are old enough to remember the Rolling Stones concert with the Hell's Angels drunken "security" detail and the Who concert with "festival" seating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert [wikipedia.org]

I was a wee tyke when this happened, but I remember the news story.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/eleven-people-killed-in-a-stampede-outside-who-concert-in-cincinnati-ohio [history.com]

--
BMO - "You'll put your eye out!" /christmas_story

Re:any pub is good pub (5, Funny)

LurkerXXX (667952) | about 8 months ago | (#44549565)

Les Nessman: I'm here with hundreds of people who have gathered to witness what has been described as perhaps the greatest turkey event in Thanksgiving Day history. All we know for sure is that in a very few moments there are going to be a lot of happy people out here. Now the crowd is...
[passers-by gawk at Les]
Les Nessman: The... the crowd is uh... curious but well behaved. And I think I hear something now. Uh... The crowd is moving out into the parking area. And... oh yes! I can see it now. It's a... it's a... helicopter and it's coming this way!
Andy Travis: A helicopter?
Les Nessman: It's flying something behind it and I can't quite make it out. It's a large banner and it says H A P P Y... T H A N K S... giving... from W... K... R... P! What a sight, ladies and gentlemen. What a sight. The 'copter seems to circling the parking area now. I guess it's looking for a place to land. No! Something just came out of the back of a helicopter. It's a dark object, perhaps a skydiver plummeting to the earth from only two thousand feet in the air... There's a third... No parachutes yet... Those can't be skydivers. I can't tell just yet what they are but... Oh my God! They're turkeys! Oh no! Johnny can you get this? Oh, they're crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! This is terrible! Everyone's running around pushing each other. Oh my goodness! Oh, the humanity! People are running about. The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Folks, I don't know how much longer... The crowd is running for their lives. I think I'm going to step inside. I can't stand here and watch this anymore. No, I can't go in there. Children are searching for their mothers and oh, not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this. I don't know how much longer I can hold my position here, Johnny. The crowd...
Dr. Johnny Fever: Les? Les? Les, are you there? Les isn't there. Thanks for that on-the-spot report, Les. For those of you who've just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys. Film at eleven.

Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: You want me, Mr. Carlson?
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Oh, yeah. Come in, Jennifer. Have a seat.
Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: No, thank you.
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Well all right. At this particular point in time, I would like to dictate a press release.
Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: I don't take dictation.
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: What? Alright, I guess I can do this thing myself. It's probably going to be a long meeting though; so why don't you get coffee for all the guys here?
Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: I don't get coffee, Mr. Carlson. We agreed.
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Oh, yeah.
Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: You have to draw the line somewhere.
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: You got that right.
Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: Will there be anything else I can do?
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: No. I think that about does it.
Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: Thank you.
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: Oh, no. Thank you.
Les Nessman: How does she get away with that?
Herbert 'Herb' Tarlek: Are you kidding?

[Les walks in, looking dazed]
Venus Flytrap: Les! Are you okay?
Les Nessman: I don't know. A man and his two children tried to kill me. After the turkeys hit the pavement, the crowd kind of scattered but, some of them tried to attack *me*! I had to jam myself into a phone booth! Then Mr. Carlson had the helicopter land in the middle of the parking lot. I guess he thought he could save the day by turning the rest of the turkeys loose. It gets pretty strange after that.
Venus Flytrap: [to Andy] *How* is it strange?
Andy Travis: Yeah, right. Les, c'mon now, tell us the rest.
Les Nessman: [freaked out] I really don't know how to describe it. It was like the turkeys mounted a counter-attack! It was almost as if they were... organized!
[Mr. Carlson comes out of his office]
Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson: As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!

Obligatory: (5, Funny)

faedle (114018) | about 8 months ago | (#44547825)

"As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"

Re:Obligatory: (4, Informative)

loosescrews (1916996) | about 8 months ago | (#44548067)

Wild turkeys can fly. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Obligatory: (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548355)

"... unlike their domestic counterparts ..."

Re:Obligatory: (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 8 months ago | (#44549447)

"... unlike their domestic counterparts ..."

Because domestic turkeys are bred for the amount of meat they have, nothing else.

In fact, they're so big that they can't be put back in the wild - they're too big to even mate. Domestic turkey farms rely on artificial insemination in order to breed them.

Re:Obligatory: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548911)

Only if you throw the bottle

Re:Obligatory: (1)

JakartaDean (834076) | about 8 months ago | (#44548277)

Man, the more I read the summary the more I was thinking that exact thought. Laughed and laughed -- still chuckling.

Re:Obligatory: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548359)

Just wondering, how many people even heard of the show WRKP and how many of them saw that episode. I don't see it on anymore and even if it was, I doubt many people under 45 are watching it.

I guess it is funny enough that enough people at least have heard of that clip.

       

Re:Obligatory: (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 8 months ago | (#44548533)

Thank copyright for not being able to see it in reruns

Re:Obligatory: (2)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 8 months ago | (#44548649)

Actually, I believe you can see it in reruns.

About the only difference between syndication and the original broadcast episodes are the music--in the original episodes (and, sadly, I'm old enough to remember them) they used music that you'd hear on the radio. In syndication, since they didn't want to pay again for the right to air the music, they replaced it with generic rock music.

Re:Obligatory: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44549117)

I'm right at 45 and I definitely saw it, although I guess I was pretty young. It was a fairly popular show and it was all about a rock-n-roll station so I watched it. I'm sure some younger kids were watching too; but under 40 I bet you lose almost everybody on the first run of this. That's a lot of Slashdot now, and it'll only get worse...

Re:Obligatory: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44549489)

Just wondering, how many people even heard of the show WRKP and how many of them saw that episode.

For those of us just past puberty at the time, two words were all you needed to know to watch that show: Loni Anderson.

Uhh... (3, Insightful)

readingaccount (2909349) | about 8 months ago | (#44547845)

People arenâ(TM)t stupid

BB guns, knives on sticks

20 people were injured

Apparently they are.

Link? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547867)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/12/20_injured_at_lg_smartphone_giveaway_as_pr_stunt_turns_sour/

So, You're Saying... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547871)

So, you're saying Koreans can't shoot?

That sounds racist.

Re:So, You're Saying... (4, Insightful)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 8 months ago | (#44547897)

You shoot a balloon. Someone else gets the (your) voucher. What to do, what to do?

Re:So, You're Saying... (4, Informative)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 8 months ago | (#44548689)

"The BBs go up,
who cares where they come down?
That's not my department," says
various Koreans trying to win a free phone.

(With profuse apologies to Tom Lehrer [youtube.com])

Re:So, You're Saying... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548283)

I don't see anything in TFS that says Koreans specifically can't shoot. There's a lot of evidence that people in general aren't good shots especially when hurried, not just Koreans. Now if all you got out of the article is "Koreans can't shoot" then sounds like you are racist.

Link? (2, Informative)

Microlith (54737) | about 8 months ago | (#44547875)

So why did no one bother to ensure there was a link to the article from which the submission was plucked [theregister.co.uk]? Stop being so sloppy, Unknown Lamer.

Hey Editors; LINK PLEASE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547893)

Seriously, i know you say it comes from The Register, but would it have killed you to link it?

Could be worse (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547903)

If it had been in some states (Florida), those wouldn't have been bb pellet wounds...

Title is misleading linkbait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547907)

So, the "editor annotation" correctly states that 20 people were injured. And the summary also notes that implements in the crowd included knives, improvised spears, and of course BB guns.

But the title claims 20 people were directly shot with BB guns. Seriously now?! It's clear you freaking read the summary, but you gave that title a pass?

Re:Title is misleading linkbait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547985)

Yeah, total link bait! The only purpose of the title was to get you to click on the link to TFA! So where's that link we're supposed to click?

Citation Needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547987)

C'mon, give us a friggin link to the story, or don't post the friggin summary. WTF?

Without a link, this is just rumor-mongering. Is Slashdot really no better than a run-of-the-mill supermarket tabloid?

What a total, utter, and complete FAIL.

Re:Citation Needed (2)

M. Baranczak (726671) | about 8 months ago | (#44548339)

Without a link, this is just rumor-mongering.

The link goes to The Register. So it's really not much better.

"People aren’t stupid." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44547999)

What I find extremely ironic (using one of the actual meanings of the word) is that the poster thinks that this activity shows that "People aren’t stupid".

Yes they are. This is yet another example (as if we needed one) that people are stupid.

Some are very stupid.

Some are so stupid you wonder how they survive at all.

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
  George Carlin

Re:"People aren’t stupid." (1)

jythie (914043) | about 8 months ago | (#44548741)

Problem is, 'stupid' is relative. There are plenty of things that potentially benefit the individual but increase the risk to everyone else.

Re:"People aren’t stupid." (1)

Migraineman (632203) | about 8 months ago | (#44548969)

That's not "stupid," that's "cost shifting." If you're trying to win a contest, you might even call it "strategy."

Re:"People aren’t stupid." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44549013)

No, it was either stupid or evil.

Stupid if you could not work out what was going to happen. Evil if you did.

Evil is almost always ultimately stupid. Almost always it is the pursuit of short term and/or tactical gain at the expense of long term and/or strategic gain.

Like the way most of the companies I have worked at are run....stupidly.

 

Lame video. Out of focus and no blood and gore (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548035)

I expected mayhem and gore. It doesn't even match the frenzy of a Black Friday opening at Walmart in a small town.

And don't they have model aircraft in Korea? No one thought to have a radio controlled balloon snatcher??

False reporting - 20 people were not shot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548075)

20 people were injured, big difference! injuries include things like falling over, stepping on toes, running into other people etc

Re:False reporting - 20 people were not shot! (3, Funny)

PCM2 (4486) | about 8 months ago | (#44548169)

Actually, it's not false reporting. It's just Slashdot pasting a misleading headline onto what was otherwise an accurately reported story.

Re:False reporting - 20 people were not shot! (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 8 months ago | (#44549423)

but isn't it much better to imply that all injuries are from the evil guns? (we don't even care what type of gun anymore)

Inaccurate summary (4, Informative)

Jiro (131519) | about 8 months ago | (#44548175)

Fortunately someone else posted the link to the article, which in turn has a Korea Times link. 20 people were hurt, but they seem to have been hurt in the riot; the fact that BB guns were shot is a separate statement and nowhere does the article sayor imply that the 20 people who were hurt were shot by the guns.

Re:Inaccurate summary (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548211)

Guns are evil. Don't you know that or are you a jack boot thug Repiglican?

Re:Inaccurate summary (1)

Skapare (16644) | about 8 months ago | (#44548437)

You have proof of that? How often do the guns make the decision to shoot? The reality is, the people who choose to shoot other people with guns, or otherwise hurt them with other tools, are where the evil comes from. And no, I am not a Republican.

Re:Inaccurate summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548491)

Wooooosh.

Re:Inaccurate summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548513)

You may not be a Republican but you're fucking stupid... that much is for sure.

Re:Inaccurate summary (2)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 8 months ago | (#44548865)

Actually, considering the number of people who are accidentally shot when the gun "just goes off" while it is being cleaned [kivitv.com], put in a holster [onlineathens.com], unloaded [tricountyleader.com], or simply held [wnep.com], I wouldn't be too sure that those guns aren't out to get us.

According to the NRA, all gun owners are highly responsible people, so it can't be the people who own the guns. It must be the guns themselves. They're out to get us, I tell ya!

Re:Inaccurate summary (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about 8 months ago | (#44549435)

And what is that number exactly? It is fewer than incidents involving the daily cleaning ritual but why bother with reality when an asshole has a chance to bad-mouth a political opponent.

Actually, the NRA readily admits that a certain percentage of gun owners are not only irresponsible but should not be gun owners. The NRA usually refers to them as known criminals.

Re:Inaccurate summary (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 8 months ago | (#44549455)

you are silly, in 2012 there were 851 accidental deaths from firearms in the USA. Meanwhile, 26,000 people fell to their deaths (tall things ARE out to get you), 33,000 people died of poisoning (the little skull label is out to get you, or the rotten food if he doesn't), 33,000 in vehicle accidents (chrisine has spawn, and they're all after you), 7800 in fire (the match head will light you up).......guns are down the list...

Re:Inaccurate summary (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 8 months ago | (#44549733)

Actually, all of those things are out to get me. That's why I carry a gun wherever I go. If some tall thing tries to get me, I'll shoot it!

Needless to say, yes, I am being silly. It's sort of a reference to the joke about trees jumping in front of cars and skiers and such and how the trees are out to get us.

I'd be really curious about your references for those numbers, though. I tried to look up the number of deaths from falling, but the best I could find was the World Health Organization's fact sheet about falls [who.int], where they claim that 424,000 people a year die from falls worldwide. Of course, they define a fall as "an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level." If I fall off my motorcycle while doing 50 MPH, is that really a "fall-related death"?

As an aside, I'm always wary of statistics that come up with nice round numbers. I have no problem with 851 accidental deaths from firearms. But 26,000 sounds like somebody estimated something. 25,732 sounds a bit more convincing to me.

Wow, really (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548441)

Just get a quadcopter up in there.

From the Homer Simpson School of Marketing (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 8 months ago | (#44548493)

"My marketing plan attracted a record number of police and fire officials, but few stayed to bowl."

link anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548535)

Didn't see it. [theregister.co.uk]

Offtopic Alert (5, Insightful)

denmarkw00t (892627) | about 8 months ago | (#44548631)

Mods: I have some simple requests:

  - It's ok to edit poor grammar or at least add a [sic] when it's just unbearable to read
  - Headlines should actually reflect the content of the story ACCURATELY
  - Sensationalizing is for the source, it has no place here
  - It's generally expected of us here in the comments to RTFA before going off blasting things out of our arses - we'd appreciate the same from you
  - Post some crappy book reviews every now and then - why not?
  - Make updates when it makes sense or when comments accurately point out misleading or important details - I notice this happening on some things (kernel-related stories) but not so much on "news" news.

Re:Offtopic Alert (1)

oldhack (1037484) | about 8 months ago | (#44549113)

- It's generally expected of us here in the comments to RTFA before going off blasting things out of our arses - we'd appreciate the same from you

You're a clueless noob. Off with your head.

BTW, the lamer is about the only decent "editor" on slashdot. Bust his head when appropriate, but pat him on the back as well.

Re:Offtopic Alert (1)

denmarkw00t (892627) | about 8 months ago | (#44549503)

20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event

Where appropriate.

I'll pat any editor on the back that posts a store that doesn't result in numerous "Here's the link to TFA" comments as well as "The headline is completely misleading" comments - I want (some) quality discussion.

Indiana 2014 (1, Interesting)

bugs2squash (1132591) | about 8 months ago | (#44548745)

so for the cost of a exhibitor's pass, 1000 balloons, a tank of He and a dozen vouchers for free duck calls we could be rid of the NRA forever ?

950,000? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548779)

... each carrying a voucher entitling the recipient to claim their 950,000 won ($852.54) smartphone.

What the hell does "950,000 won smartphone" mean?

Re:950,000? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 8 months ago | (#44548995)

Who knows? It's impossible to work out from the context after all.

I mean if it said a X dollar smartphone, or a Y euro smartphone, or a Z peso smartphone no one could work it out either, right?

You Can't Buy This Kind of Advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44548873)

Subject line says it all

Best promotion ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44549009)

(nt)

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