The Apple Store has been targeted by protesters amid ongoing protests across the United States, with some retail stores severely damaged and looted, according tomedia outlet Apple Insider. The incident has sparked protests in at least 30 cities across the united states after the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by police brutality. Video of police pushing Floyd in the neck with his knee circulated on social media and news sites, sparking outrage among the public, who wanted justice for Floyd.
As some protesters took advantage of the incident, violence, including property damage and looting, was triggered. As a high-end technology retailer, the Apple Store has become a target for store-breaking and theft.
In Portland, Oregon, 30-foot windows at the Apple Store in Pioneer Place were smashed on all sides, according to images and details provided to Apple Insider by Nate. The store, which has only been open for two days, needs extensive external repairs before it can be reopened to customers.
Video from the same store recorded by Zane Sparling of the Portland Tribune shows people entering the dark store and running away with Apple products, including those left on the display stand and shelves.
The Hennepin Avenue Apple store in Minneapolis was blocked on Wednesday but was broken into and ransacked on Thursday night, Business Insider reported. When the robbers left, the store was filled with powder from a fire extinguisher, and the product display stand was empty and turned upside down.
Apple Insider also learned from a reader that a state of emergency in Georgia forced the closure of all Apple stores. The reader saw on Saturday night that employees at the Avalon Apple Store were packing up their store displays, expecting riots and possible robberies.
Protesters also caused damage Saturday night to other businesses and restaurants in Scottsdale Waterfront, Arizona, and Scottsdale Fashion Plaza, ABC 15, ABC 15 reported. Video shows dozens of people breaking into the entrance to the Apple store and again storming the apple store in an attempt to steal the iPhone and MacBooks.
In Washington, D.C., a crowd gathered in an apple store. In the video, the doors of the store are forced to open, people rush into the store for ransacking, and the contents of the store are looted.
On that occasion, it allegedly took police seven minutes to get to the scene.
In Philadelphia, observers saw people entering and leaving an Apple store in another robbery. Outside the shop, a police car caught fire.
Michael Kan, of PCMag, saw signs that the robbers were trying to enter an Apple store in San Francisco and were unsuccessful because there were no items on display. Photographs also show low-rise windows on both sides of the storefront covered with wooden planks, while high glass windows are left to one side.
As part of its security policy, Apple uses special versions of devices as models, which are locked to work only in stores and not as customary as usual. This means that plunder has little benefit for those who steal products from a desk.