Looters rob Bordeaux Apple Store during French 'Yellow Vest' protests

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  • Reply 21 of 38
    Great way to ruin what started out as noble protests and have the public turn against you.
    stevenoz
  • Reply 22 of 38
    tbornot said:
    Confusing, socialist rioters looting a socialist company.

    What this really points out is the wisdom of the British vote to Brexit.
    A "socialist" company?? What this points out is the failure of whatever educational system you were pooped out of.
    radarthekat
  • Reply 23 of 38
    maccad said:
    Deplorable! Can’t Apple brick stolen devices and render them useless?
    My sister works at a major Apple Store and deals with theft daily. Yes if someone makes it out of the store with an Apple device, they just immediately remotely brick it. Not that I think these people cared much. As you saw in the video, the last person just punched a TV for no reason, when they theoretically could have stolen it, assuming they wanted to carry it home at least.
    Why bricked it when police can track down the a-hole!?
  • Reply 24 of 38
    French Socialism has created both a sense of entitlement for their people and a sense of unquestionable authority for their government. Now it’s looking like the whole system there has reached the end of the line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Paris engulfed in flames within a matter of weeks. It’s all out anarchy there.
    I can’t distinguish hope from expectation in your post, but stuff like “enguled in flames” is nonsensical, hyperventilated crap.

    Not even close. This will fizzle out soon enough.
  • Reply 25 of 38

    French Socialism has created both a sense of entitlement for their people and a sense of unquestionable authority for their government. Now it’s looking like the whole system there has reached the end of the line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Paris engulfed in flames within a matter of weeks. It’s all out anarchy there.
    1) Why do you feel compelled to talk about subjects you clearly know absolutely nothing about? 2) What makes you believe the U.S. is faring any better? The economy is circling the drain, the stock market lost two years of gains, and the foreign debt is skyrocketing.
    Says the guy who knows nothing about the US. LOL! Have a good one.
    What do you know about France?

    Your previous post suggests, pretty much nothing.
    edited December 2018
  • Reply 26 of 38

    razorpit said:
    tbornot said:
    Confusing, socialist rioters looting a socialist company.

    What this really points out is the wisdom of the British vote to Brexit.
    Gosh I hope all the Starbuck's are safe...
    There are very few in France.

    McDonalds, OTOH...
  • Reply 27 of 38
    French Socialism has created both a sense of entitlement for their people and a sense of unquestionable authority for their government. Now it’s looking like the whole system there has reached the end of the line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Paris engulfed in flames within a matter of weeks. It’s all out anarchy there.
    1) Why do you feel compelled to talk about subjects you clearly know absolutely nothing about? 2) What makes you believe the U.S. is faring any better? The economy is circling the drain, the stock market lost two years of gains, and the foreign debt is skyrocketing.
    Actually, in factual terms, the US is one RARE bright spot in the global economy, certainly among industrialized countries. Far, far from ‘circling the drain.’ And, as of now, the US market has lost about one year of gains, not two.

    Like it or not, the market is still up quite handsomely since Trump.
    edited December 2018
  • Reply 28 of 38
    Perhaps this will be the motivation Apple needs to invent transparent aluminum.  Let's see them create the impregnable store. 
    Yes we need that to watch how they steal. Have you ever been at gunpoint and no rescue from police as they were busy with other incident or you just fantasizing about unrealistic solution? You know some looter do not give damn about them being seen or recorded. 40% of crime like that is armed and those are stats from around the world - not just from one place. Do you think they wear hoodies and masks for fun? I'd rather have some bullet proof walls and not see them to avoid being accidental witness.
    I have no idea what you're talking about.  I was simply making a joke about the fact that a) Apple stores tend to be smash and grab targets and b) Apple has a reputation for spending a LOT of money on transparent buildings, so inventing a new technology so they could make safer stores while keeping the "all glass" look wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility.  I assume most people got the joke.
  • Reply 29 of 38
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  • Reply 30 of 38
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    You just did that for Mike's approval, right?
  • Reply 31 of 38
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 3,309member
    Many of these protest situations usually degrade into violence and vandalism when night falls due to being infiltrated by so called 'anti system' groups hell bent on attacking the system or anything related to it.

    Anything 'not French' (in ithis case) is a potential target along with the police, banks etc.

    It is very unlikely that Apple was targeted for tax evasion reasons.

    Amid the chaos you will also find usually 'normal' people sometimes get involved in looting on impulse.

    I was always game for the use of that sticky foam to immobilise people in these situations although I believe it was never used for safety reasons. I'm sure it could be a great deterrent.
  • Reply 32 of 38
    French Socialism has created both a sense of entitlement for their people and a sense of unquestionable authority for their government. Now it’s looking like the whole system there has reached the end of the line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Paris engulfed in flames within a matter of weeks. It’s all out anarchy there.
    1) Why do you feel compelled to talk about subjects you clearly know absolutely nothing about? 2) What makes you believe the U.S. is faring any better? The economy is circling the drain, the stock market lost two years of gains, and the foreign debt is skyrocketing.
    I'll take this one as I lived there for a decade and still go back every year and talk to family every week there...

    There are no good jobs anymore unless you are well connected. France uses internships (stages) to fill up seats. These are nowhere jobs that only exist to hide the true number of unemployed.

    Macron tried to get a few reforms through but those that have their piece don't want to let go of it. Much like in Greece and Italy (and watch for Spain and Portugal next) with their austerity.

    France taxes it's citizens to death. There are taxes on top of taxes! Want TV? = tax. You have a job? = you have to buy supplementary insurance to fill the void of the national healthcare system (oh, and you are taxed on that too). You invested your whole life and have some money saved up? That's a fortune and we want money from you because of it. (Macron is in trouble now because he lowered that one since those that could were leaving and the revenue was drying up - like my brother in law).

    The US economy is so much better than anywhere in Europe it is laughable. There is no reason the Euro is even as "high" as it is except for fake reports that hide the real crisis underneath. Even Merkel is getting out before the big crash/wars.

    When my family visits the States, they are always amazed that almost every store, restaurant, or business is hiring (with big signs outside almost all of them). You don't even need to cross the street as Macron put it.

    Indeed, France is running out of people's money to use to prop it's self up. The crash is going to be spectacular if not heartbreaking to watch. Staring this weekend when the gillets jaunes vont encore casser tout!

    MacProSpamSandwich
  • Reply 33 of 38
    French Socialism has created both a sense of entitlement for their people and a sense of unquestionable authority for their government. 
    LOL...the entitlement in France is similar to the United States: it's geared towards corporations and the wealthy. The protestors are upset that the costs of combating climate change are largely being foisted onto the average person and not the companies and wealthy that have benefited the most from carbon heavy industry and manufacturing. For example, the gas tax is one of the big complaints and that's an example of a flat tax. Guess who always champions flat taxes? The wealthy.
  • Reply 34 of 38
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,681member
    So according to what I’m reading on other news sources this is basically socialists being socialists. They want to stop climate change BUT they want someone else to pay for it as usual.  Other governments are probably watching this closely. Carbon taxes and higher gasoline prices are on the agenda of every Paris accord signatory nation. If the French government implodes over this it will change the dynamic quickly. You want climate change stopped? Get ready to pay through nose for it.
  • Reply 35 of 38
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,681member
    French Socialism has created both a sense of entitlement for their people and a sense of unquestionable authority for their government. 
    LOL...the entitlement in France is similar to the United States: it's geared towards corporations and the wealthy. The protestors are upset that the costs of combating climate change are largely being foisted onto the average person and not the companies and wealthy that have benefited the most from carbon heavy industry and manufacturing. For example, the gas tax is one of the big complaints and that's an example of a flat tax. Guess who always champions flat taxes? The wealthy.
    Show me an economic and governmental solution that has ever worked in the history of mankind based on your utopian view of how the world should work. Oh wait, early Christians were true communists who shared everything with each other. But we know how long that lasted don’t we. Human nature, my friend. The lust for power and wealth has NEVER been controlled by anyone.
    edited December 2018
  • Reply 36 of 38
    French Socialism has created both a sense of entitlement for their people and a sense of unquestionable authority for their government. Now it’s looking like the whole system there has reached the end of the line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Paris engulfed in flames within a matter of weeks. It’s all out anarchy there.
    says the one that has never been to France or anywhere else....
  • Reply 37 of 38

    kikkod said:
    ”...fueled by continued calls from critics for Apple to pay its fair share of taxes.” That’s about as plausible as saying that the cars that were incinerated around the Champs Élysée were all Volkswagens, targeted as retribution for the emissions scandal! This is France, a truly wonderful country, with the sole exception of a people so ungovernable that they view any attempt at progress (necessary to save their stagnant economy from generations of governments that capitulate and bow to the demands of the mob rather rather than make less popular but necessary decisions) as an act worthy of decapitation...much like their last monarch. I had hope that Macron would stand his ground and convictions, alas precedent reigns
    Wow... if anyone dares call out Apple on it's well documented tax dodging history the gloves of Appleinsider's readers come off. Why does everyone make excuses for one of the top richest corporation in the world? Sovereign nations have the right to create their own laws including tax laws. Global corporations as Apple must obey those laws or lose that market. 
  • Reply 38 of 38
    Apple should feel flattered that the protesters didn't go after an M&M store or some other awful American corporation flagship. I've been to that store in Bordeaux, c'est bon. 
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