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Woman sues Apple after smashing into Apple Store window

updated 11:35 am EDT, Mon March 26, 2012

Calims glass doors a hazard to elderly

A woman from Queens, New York is suing Apple for $1 million after smashing into the glass door of a Long Island Apple Store, says CBS. Evelyn Paswall is 83, and says she broke her nose on the door because she didn't realize she was walking into glass. The lawsuit claims that Apple was " allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning."

An attorney for Paswall, Derek T. Smith, is quoted as saying that "Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people." As of Saturday, Apple's Manhasset, New York store now has warning strips to signal where the glass begins.

Glass facades are a signature element of Apple Stores, but have caused other problems for the company in the past. The biggest issue has been robbery; on a number of occasion thieves have simply broken the glass and walked out with thousands of dollars in electronics.

by MacNN Staff





  1. tcphoto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    You cannot protect some people from themselves. Give her a new iPad and call it a day.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple practically assaulted the poor woman

    How DARE they use glass for their storefronts and doors! No other store in the world would try a stupid idea like that.

    Oh.. wait.

  1. OldMacGeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not my fault!

    "It's not MY fault that I'm nearsighted and/or not that bright! I'm a victim, and I need some of your copious cash!"
    Sheesh. I bet her son (or grandson, as the case may be) is a lawyer.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks Like It's Time

    Carousel! Carousel!

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I hope she's recovering well.
    I think she's careless, and responsible for her own mistake, but I hope she heals quickly.

    Clearly, ambulance chasing is at work here.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Simple solution

    Like everyone who's ever owned a sliding glass door and put stickers on them at eye height, Apple can simply re-purpose those Apple logo stickers included with nearly every product - a row of them at adult eye-height and one at kid-eye-height. Problem solved, and cool enough looking as to not disturb the awesome window displays.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looking forward.....

    I'm willing to bet she wasn't even looking at the door when she hit it. There has to be a good video from a security camera showing her futzing with a phone right before she smacked into the door.

  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stupid Beotch

    I hope this backfires on this despicable woman, and costs her a fortune in legal fees. She is an example of what's worst in our society. She is a predator in the guise of an 83 year old woman! If she doesn't face consequences, this will just up the anti on frivolous litigation!

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not sure how

    Not sure how a broken nose equates to a million dollars, but the court hearing sounds like an excellent candidate for a reality TV show.

    Order in the court!

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares?

    This article is just more ad bait.

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