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LG’s Turkey of a PR Stunt for the G2 Smartphone Goes Horribly Awry

There have been PR stunts gone bad before, but this one from Korea’s LG surely deserves a place among the worst.

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According to various reports, LG had an event in Seoul on Friday where it attached coupons for a free G2 smartphone to 100 balloons. The idea, it appears, was that folks would calmly wait for the balloons to come down.

Instead, spectators showed up armed with spears and BB guns and other equally hare-brained schemes designed to return the balloons to earth. In all, 20 people are said to have been injured.

The whole thing reminded us at AllThingsD of an old “WKRP in Cincinnati” episode in which the station decides to drop free turkeys out of a helicopter as a Thanksgiving PR stunt. Yeah, that one didn’t work out so well, either.

An LG Representative was not immediately available for comment, although the company told the Korea Times that it would cover the medical costs of those injured.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus