Twenty-four people injured in radio station money giveaway

In Economy, Media on April 8, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

It was supposed to be a PR event, but it turned into mass hysteria.

Twenty-four people from the city of Ceske Budejovice suffered various injuries in a crazy crowd into which a local radio station threw coupons that could be exchanged for money – in the overall amount of CZK 100,000 (USD 4,400). Most people sustained bruises and contusions. Seven ambulances were dispatched to the scene, and their patients included nine year-old children. According to local dailies 12 out of 24 patients were underage.

OK, I understand that some people count every crown they spend, but sending a child into a crazy crowd that goes after money is stupid and irresponsible.

Some mob violence cases were observed, as some people were really fighting for the coupons — i.e. they were hurting others purposefully, not just by accident (elbow in other person’s face).

So far there is no statement on the radio station’s website. Technically, they did not cause the violence. Those people could have stood patiently and they could catch the coupons from the air without hurting any0ne.  (yeah, right, like that would happen)


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