Henrico County, Va., school leaders got a hard lesson in supply and demand on Aug. 16 when a rush to purchase $50 used laptops from the district turned into a violent stampede, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair, and nearly driven over. One woman reportedly went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

"This is total, total chaos," said Latoya Jones, 19, who lost one of her flip-flops in the ordeal and later limped around on the sizzling blacktop with one foot bare.

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