Thursday, February 10, 2005

And they call Americans brutish?

The AP reports, "Stampede at Opening of London IKEA Store."

A man was stabbed and five other people were taken to hospital after thousands of customers caused a stampede at the midnight opening of a new IKEA furniture store in north London, British authorities said Thursday. The Swedish retailer expressed regret at the incident.

Some 6,000 people flocked to the Swedish furniture store, which had been offering special bargains including leather sofas for $84.

``It was extraordinary and to a certain extent unexpected,'' Bird told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. ``There were crush injuries and people suffering from shock from the pushing and shoving.''

Those Europeans are so debonair.