An 83 year old woman is suing Apple for US$1 million after she walked into the all glass front wall of the company’s Manhasset store and broke her nose. She claimed Apple failed to properly warn shoppers that the front of the store was glass, and her lawyer agreed.
In her lawsuit, Evelyn Paswall said that Apple’s glass-front store designs put elderly people at risk, according to CBS New York. She claimed she wasn’t aware the store front was glass, so she walked directly into it, breaking her nose.
Apple’s Manhasset glass-front store
“The defendant was negligent … in allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning,” her lawsuit said.
The Manhasset store has small white stripes on the glass panels to help call attention to the fact that there actually is a physical barrier between the store and the street outside.
Mrs. Paswall’s attorney, Derek T. Smith, doesn’t think Apple is taking proper measures to protect older shoppers.
“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd,” he said. “But on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.”
Apple hasn’t commented on the lawsuit.