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Disgruntled customer smashes up smartphones at Apple store in France

The scene, captured on camera and posted on the Internet, has gone viral in France.

FRENCH PROSECUTORS SAID yesterday that they would seek a fast-track trial against a young man – apparently an unsatisfied customer – who ran amok in an Apple store, smashing phones and tablets with a metal ball.

The scene, captured on camera and posted on the internet, has gone viral in France.

In it, the man walks into the store in a shopping mall in Dijon, central-eastern France, and pounds the screens of Apple products with a heavy fist-sized metal ball used in petanque, a French bowling game.

“I warned them, I told them, ‘reimburse me’, and they refused,” he told other shoppers. As he walked out of the store, a security guard intervened.

Prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare said he caused €55,000 in damages.

The store and Apple’s French subsidiary did not reply to requests for information about the incident, which occurred on Thursday.

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