Woman drives her car into a T-Mobile store after being told she would have to pay for a new phone

A 26-year old woman was arrested by police on Thursday after driving her car into a T-Mobile store in Palm Springs, Florida. The day before, Shinobia Montoria Wright had appeared at the same T-Mobile store demanding a new iPhone to replace her own model, which had a cracked screen. Wright had told the store manager that it was her birthday and that she was going to "bug out" if she didn't get a new phone. The manager said that she appeared to be under the influence of a substance.

Shot down in an attempt to score a new handset, the next day Wright drove her 2005 Nissan Armada SUV into the front door of the T-Mobile store, injuring a store employee who had a display case fall on him. After exiting the car, Wright continued her attack on the store by smashing glass displays using a squeegee. When a store employee tried to stop her from entering an area designated for workers only, she hit the man on the neck causing "visible damage" to it.

After telling the cops that she was having a bad day, Wright opened up to them at the hospital. There, she revealed that she became pissed when learning that she would have to pay for a replacement iPhone even though she had insurance. The cops have determined that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the incident, which caused more than $30,000 in damage to the store.

Wright has been charged with aggravated battery, battery, burglary, criminal mischief over $1,000 and reckless driving. She also went through successful surgery to fix her forearms, which were hurt in the crash. The police have detained her thanks to Florida's Baker Act, which allows her to be held involuntarily for up to 72 hours as she goes through a mental health exam.
source: PalmBeachPost, WPTV



3. blingblingthing

Posts: 962; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

$30k in damages? Why not upgrade to an Android phone instead of bugging out?

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"$30k in damages?Why not upgrade to an Android phone instead of bugging out?" Because they iPhone is not just a smartphone for her. It's her status symbol... just like with most women in the US.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not that is a damn sad truth right there!! SMH!

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Not that is a"... ^^ I guess you meant to begin with "Now", rather than with "Not"... no?

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah, I done goofed lol.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Hay now lol But at least I am not a iPhone owner.

33. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"But at least I am not a iPhone owner" Which means you aren't concerned, as I was talking about women users of the iPhone the US.

56. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just giving you a bad time. I knew you did mean all of us. But there are a lot of men that want to think they are cool to because they have a iPhone. Her getting pissed off was no different then the guy that got pissed off and went into a apple store smashing stuff It happens in both sexs.

40. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You should be pissed off. They are generalizing that every American women who purchase iPhones only buy them to flaunt. Doesn't that piss you off? As a women yourself, shouldn't you want to show these dudes (with no experience with women...... it would seem) that just because a great deal of women don't take interest in Android phones, not all women are slaves to brand? Maybe some of them actually PREFER iPhones to the alternative. Is that not even a consideration?


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yep. It's the only phone that case makers go out of their way with to punch a hole in a perfectly good item, just so people can see that silly fruit logo!

101. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All over the world actually.

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

She doesn't want to pay for a new phone now she will suffer the consequences and pay 30,000$. Epic genius.

102. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not if she has insurance. All she will pay is $500 at the most. Wake up!

118. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

probably she'll sue that SUV company (nissan), and blame her car for all that damage... :v

32. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

This is all about ignorance & whatever stuff she was on. Jump, Next & Edge all recommend that you have insurance. Ins covers what is considered your fault: lost/stolen, liquid damage & physical damage. If she didn't have ins, offer to Jump her into a new phone. If she wasn't eligible, recommend her to the nearest repair shop. Normally it's that simple but when you're dealing with unstable individuals this is what happens.

62. semipro1337

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Guess your not to keen on how jump works. If she owes money on the phone and it's damaged, they won't offer to jump her to a new phone. The phone needs to be in working condition with no physical damage. She more than likely got upset at the price for an insurance claim and the fact they had no way to replace the phone same day anyway. She drives a 50,000 Nissan Armada, so I'm guessing she's not low on cash, and just wanted a freebee on her birthday. And I don't know about Florida but here in Colorado she would have been held for felonies not an involuntary 72 hour hold then release. She would have had to sit before a judge to hear what her bail would be and if she couldn't make that she wouldn't be leaving. Florida is a strange place.

109. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"Jump, Next & Edge all recommend that you have insurance." "If she wasn't eligible, recommend her to the nearest repair shop." I know exactly how it works. That's what those sentences meant. Not just Jump eligibility. Obviously if the phone is damaged they're not taking it in as a trade. You assume too much. The Armada came out in 2004. It didn't say 2016 Armada. She could've had an old one that cost 10G's. Ins deductibles are $99 on VZW & $199 everywhere else AND they're billed to the account. She simply wanted a new phone & didn't want to pay for it. That sense of entitlement plus being on that stuff = this story.

36. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The hypocrisy is unreal. Not even two months ago: Don't generalize all Note users as stupid because they held onto their phones! Now: Ha.....all iPhone users are fashion w***es who'll do anything to keep their iPhone! Me: Better than keeping a f**king hand grenade.... Expected response: STFU fanboy! Y U so stupid (How android fanboys spell things, apparently)? Android is superior! Me: Un-huh. So it would seem....to you.

103. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Still enjoying and loving my Note 7. Most beautiful phone ever made so far

39. Stayfly2407

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

I've worked in wireless for 8 years. If you have insurance on your phone it's no different than having insurance on your car. If something happens to it you don't get a free one, you pay your deductible which is a lot cheaper than retail price, same with a car. The dealership doesn't give u a new car because u got in a reck, pay your deductible lady, it ain't that hard to understand.

127. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I run a repair shop and the number of people I have to explain this to is alarming.

41. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

She should go to Apple Store instead of bang that store though.

42. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

well, her car insurance will need cover all damages worth well over value of that stupid phone. plus her insurance gonna jump up or be refused for such danger behavior

45. medwar07

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have T-Mobile and if the screen is cracked you have to pay 175 to replace the phone with a refurbished one.

92. nate358

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

Seems like a new iphone would have been cheaper then how she handled this. Store damage = 30 iphones, car damage = at least 5 phones, surgery = at least 30 phones, and charges = at least 35 phones. All told, she's probably $100,000 less in her pocket and she still needs to buy a new Iphone! Hahaha!

104. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All that is going to cost $500 at the most. I'm sure she has car insurance. She doesn't have the money, so they have to sue her. At insurance and get it. Which means they will drop her because of the circumstances and when and if she gets to drive again, it's gonna cost her a lot.

106. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

She should've just run over to a MetroPCS store.

112. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

somtimes t mobile can really piss you off

113. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This woman is definitely a special kind of stupid, not to much different from many of the fans who post here like CNOUR, MXY and some others. iPhone users are the only idiots who take life with an iPhone way to seriously. Lets face it, on social media we see do some of the most dumbest things, to get people to watch a video so they can get paid. But iPhone owners are the only ones who could care less if they be seen or not. They do the most dumbest things in the world, including donate a kidney. Is a phone worth doing criminal damage to property? Almost running people over and causing damage. How is it, that the KIKO009 claim of high IQ's, appear to not even be possible with the stupid things you all do. Grant it, the Note 7 did catch on fire for some people. Yes maybe its stupid to hold on to a phone that could catch fire. But taking a chance is nothign compared to purposelessly taking car and driving it into the from door of a store. Shows that IQ and being smart, are as different as birds and dinosaurs. But i do like her courage in "driving" home the point. I've said if I have an iPhone that had issues and I took it to a store and Apple to exchange it for a new device, that I would destroy stuff on the way out the door. Or even drive a truck through the front doors of Apple's headquarters. But now in the age of smash and grab, I have find a new way of getting my point across and driving isnt so original anymore.

121. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Wow deleted a lot of post here.

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