RIM’s Follies Continue as Man Is Stabbed at BlackBerry Party

RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook, just one in a series of embarrassments for the company over the past year. Photo: Jon Snyder/Wired

RIM’s luck is so awful, it’s laughable. The company’s share price is tanking. Users are abandoning BlackBerry handsets. And now, even at RIM parties, people are going home hurt — seriously.

A man was stabbed in the neck at a RIM-hosted event in London on Tuesday evening, according to multiple reports from partygoers and local media. The party was held to celebrate RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service, a messaging tool incredibly popular in the U.K. The weapon in question? A broken bottle, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

The company’s response was swift, though terse. “A serious incident occurred at our BlackBerry event tonight,” RIM told Wired in an e-mailed statement. “Our first concern is the well-being of the injured guest.”

BBC Channel 4 technology correspondent Benjamin Cohen, who was at the show, told NME that after the stabbing, the crowd rushed to leave in a flurry of tears and vomit (again, seriously). “People were crying and quite a lot were being sick, whether from the blood or the alcohol,” Cohen said. “A lot of people here were teen users of BlackBerry who don’t seem to have had a free drink before. It is atrocious for BlackBerry.”

At this point, “atrocious” is an understatement. Let’s count a few ways the company has had egg on its face over the past year:

We’ll offer you this advice, RIM: Don’t go to Vegas anytime soon. Your luck sucks.

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