Two roommates living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, got into a passionate argument over whether Apple or Android smartphones were better, and the tech fanboys were both left hospitalized as a result of the incident, writes Kate Knibbs for Gizmodo. According to police reports, a woman found a blood-spattered man in the parking lot of the Evergreen Apartments, Tulsa at approximately 1 am and called the police for assistance.
Drunken stabbing over operating system
“When police arrived at the apartment complex, they learned that the roommates had been drinking and arguing over their mobile phones,” KTUL Tulsa reports. Both Jiro Mendez and Elias Ecevo were left with non life-threatening injuries as a result of their drunken argument over Apple and Android operating systems, after stabbing each other with broken beer bottles.
It is believed that a third man was also drinking with the pair, but he had left the area by the time police arrived. It is not yet known whether he was a neutral party in the Apple versus Android debate, perhaps having opted for a BlackBerry. KTUL Tulsa reports that “police did not respond when our photographer asked which phone is better,” with the officers seemingly reluctant to take sides.
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Debate turns violent
Police sources claim that both men may be booked for assault with a deadly weapon once they get out of the hospital. A lot of the Apple versus Android debate, and tech discussions in general, is conducted by keyboard warriors safely hidden behind their screens. This time though, the violence was physical rather than virtual and the two men must count themselves lucky that they did not cause each other anymore damage as a result of their drunken brawl.
Breakfast conversation between the two roommates could be rather strained, at least while they both nurse their wounds. The passion that technology inspires in some people is usually a force for good, but this time around things turned ugly in the ongoing battle between Apple and Android. Maybe operating systems should be added to the list of subjects to avoid at dinner parties, alongside politics and religion.