updated 04:30 pm EST, Fri December 30, 2011
Clerks continue working in frigid conditions
The glass door to the Lehigh Valley Apple Store in Whitehall, Pennsylvania shattered for the ninth time this year last Wednesday, a report says. The incident is attributed to sub-freezing temperatures and the wind, which started at about 8mph at sunrise but gusted up to 37mph by 1PM. As a store visitor opened the door, the wind caught it and threw it fully open, causing it to break into a "million tiny pieces," according to one person in the vicinity.
One witness claims that while the accident scared shoppers, store clerks were unfazed because of how many times the door had already been smashed. People continued to come in and out of the store as staff swept up glass. Workers also kept serving customers, using coats and red fleece pullovers to cope with the cold.
Black plywood was ultimately installed to keep the the outlet warmer. The number of breakages may be linked not just to the weather, but also to the orientation of the swinging door and the store as a whole.