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Apple pays out compo for iPad 2 China riot victim

Apple has agreed to pay a man injured in the mini-riot at its Beijing store almost £2,000 in compensation, following claims that the man was injured by an Apple employee as he attempted to be one of the first in the country to own an iPad 2.

As we reported yesterday, Apple's long-awaited Chinese launch of the iPad 2 and white iPhone devices was marred by violence as queue-jumpers attempted to force their way to the front of the queue - before being forced back by a foreigner armed with an iron bar, according to state news reports.

Local paper The Global Times claims that the rebar-wielding foreigner was an over-zealous Apple employee seeking to prevent the queue-jumpers from gaining entry to the store - and while Apple has not confirmed such a thing, it has agreed to pay one of the victims compensation.

Ding Wencheng, 27, was injured during the fracas, and following police mediation in the dispute with Apple has now received 20,000-yuan in compensation - around £1,880.

Apple has yet to respond to our request for comment on the event, although a spokesperson has told AFP that any store staff involved in the event were "act[ing] to protect themselves and our customers by closing the doors and preventing the group from entering.

"The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority," the spokesperson concluded.