Man Threatens to Shoot iPhone at Genius Bar

October 1, 2009

A man who brought his malfunctioning iPhone to the Kenwood Towne Center (Ohio) retail store on Thursday displayed a holstered handgun to an employee to underscore his frustration, and was arrested by Cincinnati police for aggravated menacing. Donald Goodrich, 38, did have a concealed weapons permit that allowed him to legally carry the 9mm semi-auto pistol. However, police say when his displayed the gun, the Apple employee had a belief that, “the offender will cause serious physical harm,” a misdemeanor under Ohio law. According to police, Goodrich came into the store and was explaining his iPhone problem to an employee. He told the employee, “I’m so mad, I could pop a 9mm at it,” referring to the iPhone. Goodrich then followed up by saying, “I’ll do it right now! Look!” At that point, police say, Goodrich moved his shirt to reveal his handgun. The employee then took Goodrich over to a Genius to keep him occupied while a manager called police. Police arrested Goodrich without incident, and also charged him with failing to immediately tell arriving police that he was armed, a requirement of his concealed weapon permit.

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Joe Mamma October 2, 2009 at 0051

Responsible gun ownership is a contradiction in terms.

Thank God I live in a state with sane control laws.

R October 2, 2009 at 0403

Yes, because in your state, clearly there is no one carrying a concealed weapon WITHOUT a permit.

This wasn’t an act of criminal intent. He thought he was being slick. It was just stupid.

Ben Dover October 2, 2009 at 0558

“Thank God I live in a state with sane control laws.”
Fool.
Yes the sane are controlled. The insane however will continue to do whatever they please.

Joe October 2, 2009 at 0905

“This wasn’t an act of criminal intent. He thought he was being slick. It was just stupid.”

And how do you know this? Geez, what an asshole! Someone shows a gun, while upset, while threatening to shoot something, and you claim to know his intent? AND this genius doesn’t show the gun to the cops?

I’m so glad you know it all, R! I feel so much safer now.

Johnny Mozzarella October 2, 2009 at 0906

This is what happens when you start selling iPhones at WALMART!
What was Apple thinking?
What we need are stricter laws for iPhone ownership.
There should be a proficiency test and a background check before you can purchase.

DrunkenTech October 2, 2009 at 0952

Good thing I live in California, where only “safe” guns are approved for sale. I’m glad we have no gun crime and no injuries from accidents with the “safe” guns…

The best solution would be to have the geniuses holstering .44 Mags (after proper training, BG checks, certification, and with permits should they choose to exercise their right to carry.)

Bet nobody would argue about warranty coverage on their liquid damaged iPhone then… :)

Mark October 2, 2009 at 1238

Only in the U.S. can some primary asshole get a gun permit and just freely walk around the city with it. In Europe we already have enough trouble with our $%&/!!! hunters. We wouldn’t stand people carrying guns without reason.

Eric October 2, 2009 at 1303

Yo, Donald. I’m really happy for you and I’ma let you finish, but the iPhone is the best mobile phone of all time!

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