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Samsung Galaxy handset mistaken for a gun, closes college

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Samsung Galaxy handset mistaken for a gun, closes college
Students at California State University, Long Beach, were in for a scare on Tuesday when their mobile devices crackled to life with the notification that an armed suspect was seen in the area of Engineering Technology. Students were told to calmly evacuate the campus, lock and blockade the doors, and silence cellphones while the cops "are engaging this threat".

You could imagine the fear that students felt. Unfortunately, the image of seeing a campus paralyzed by fear is one that has been replayed on television too many times. But the good news is that no one was hurt at Cal State. In fact, the 'perp' didn't even have a gun. What happened was that a construction worker's Samsung Galaxy handset was mistaken for a weapon. Hard to see where that mistake could have been made, but we are thankful that this didn't end up turning out badly like many of these situations do.

Warning sent to CSU students (T), tweet from LA Times reporter

Warning sent to CSU students (T), tweet from LA Times reporter


source: @CSULB, @anblanx via Gizmodo

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posted on 14 Aug 2013, 03:26 26

1. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Might explode any time. So he is dangerous anyways! :P

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 03:32 5

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 722; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Lol.. Very funny

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 03:27 13

2. KParks23 (Posts: 446; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


geeze people get dumber and dumber by the day....... Watch out for that "big black scary smartphone"

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 04:20 15

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1309; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


cop - " put your phones on the ground "
guy - sir its just a ph.......
cop -he is resisting arrest ...TSSSSSH (tases guy)

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:39

28. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i got a laugh outta that lmao

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 03:33 15

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 722; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


That's One hell of a stupid mistake....!!!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 03:33 11

5. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Must have been the S4 Zoom.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 04:33

10. cezarepc (Posts: 554; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


..or the new clamshell from sammy lol

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 03:44

6. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


go to Google images and type in: Gun shaped nokia.

Could it of been something like that?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 03:49 6

7. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


this really is dumb. How could they think a gun has such a s**ty design and made of plastic..

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 07:25 3

17. xtian1103 (Posts: 355; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


it's an insult for the gun!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 20:24

38. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


LOOOL!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 04:07 1

8. johnbftl (Posts: 175; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Now this is just ridiculous. I'm a Long Beach State Alum. The engineering area is a wide open space on lower campus on the southeast side. Long Beach State is a commuter school with a lot of well to do kids from South Orange County. There are also a lot of kids from Northern California as well. Long Beach is a not exactly a safe place. There are a lot of gangs and crime. Given the location on campus I could think of the circumstance of how this probably happened. A minority construction worker was walking around with phone in hand, a South OC kid saw him from the other side of the open space in the engineering area with something black in his hand, thought it was a gun, and got scared.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 04:42 2

11. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 923; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


how is a phone can be mistaken for a gun?no make any sense..

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 05:20 1

12. gazmatic (Posts: 553; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


ask the the thousands of people shot or arrested because of said confusion

cops are just trigger happy bullies

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posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:02

31. rallyguy (Posts: 532; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


What a stupid comment.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 05:22

13. gazmatic (Posts: 553; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


this is very common....

i'm surprised nobody was shot or arrested

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 06:49 6

14. yasir-921 (Posts: 78; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


Americans are coward.
That lunatic guy looked at what seemed to be a weapon and without jogging his mind, that idiot immediately called police.
That American was "Scared" that he might puke out or go insane if what he looked at were a weapon in reality.
Had he thought a bit more and visualised to what he saw, the University would not have ended up closed.
Poor Americans who have to bear such Useless, Pathetic and Invaluable Americans!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 07:11 2

16. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


o_O ???

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 08:03 1

19. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 213; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


WTF???

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:42 1

25. kaintae (Posts: 53; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


calm down Osama.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:50

30. yasir-921 (Posts: 78; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


LoL at Osama.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:08

32. McLTE (Posts: 640; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Who said it was an American who made the call?

Maybe it was a foreign national that hit the panic button.. you know we do get a lot of those here attending our schools.

What a moronic comment yasir.. generalize more mmmkay?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:52 4

33. yasir-921 (Posts: 78; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


You just sound like a dumb character known as Mr. Mackay in South Park. He always says "Mmmkayyy....".
Most likely its an American (most likely a white guy!) because they often get scared too easily. Believe me, its not a moronic comment, its reality, its the truth.
May be the environment these days have made the Americans coward and less tolerant!

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:57

34. yasir-921 (Posts: 78; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


And don't be generalised. Being generalized is old shool and theoretic.
Be specific and to the point. Thats how professionals in corporate world work.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 07:10 1

15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2445; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


LOL...

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 07:40 4

18. ajac09 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Only in America.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 08:42 2

20. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


"Americans" are the most paranoic people i've ever seen...

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 09:13

21. pinkpanzer (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 May 2013)


have you ever seen one?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 09:50

23. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


are you racist enough? or are you missing some points?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 09:52

24. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


and guess what they are as ignorant as you are :D

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 09:49

22. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


well yes you dumb a**, what kind of question is that ?

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:18

27. ocilfa (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


I'd rather be american than whatever you are.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:43 3

29. amilcarmz86 (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


i am american also but from the caribbean if u attend school or college you should know that we are americans also.... you make me laugh

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:13

26. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


you just went full retard. never go full retard

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 16:43 3

35. wesley. (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


What next, too many stories like this recently like the one where a grandfather was shot dead by cops because a neighbor said he had a gun when he didn't. No questions asked, just shot dead.

Whoever called the cops at the college should be jailed.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 17:16

36. TruPatriot (Posts: 89; Member since: 27 May 2013)


People are idiots.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 02:09 2

37. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Bunch of paranoid Americans. Transformed from cowboys to chicken...

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 14:07

39. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


no really

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