Samsung Galaxy handset mistaken for a gun, closes college

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.


source: @CSULB, @anblanx via Gizmodo

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39 Comments

1. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lol.. Very funny

2. KParks23

Posts: 740; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

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

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

28. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

i got a laugh outta that lmao

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

5. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Must have been the S4 Zoom.

10. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

..or the new clamshell from sammy lol

6. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

go to Google images and type in: Gun shaped nokia. Could it of been something like that?

7. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

17. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

it's an insult for the gun!

38. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

LOOOL!

8. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

11. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

12. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

ask the the thousands of people shot or arrested because of said confusion cops are just trigger happy bullies http://lmbtfy.com/?q=cell+phone+mistaken+for+gun+shot http://lmgtfy.com/?q=cell+phone+mistaken+for+gun+shot http://www.lmstfy.com/?q=cellphone++mistaken+for+gun

31. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

What a stupid comment.

13. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

this is very common.... i'm surprised nobody was shot or arrested

14. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 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!

16. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

o_O ???

19. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

WTF???

25. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

calm down Osama.

30. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

LoL at Osama.

32. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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?

33. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 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!

34. yasir-921

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 02, 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.

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

LOL...

18. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Only in America.

20. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

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

21. pinkpanzer

Posts: 11; Member since: May 27, 2013

have you ever seen one?

23. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

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

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