RIMâ€™s luck is so awful, itâ€™s laughable. The companyâ€™s share price is tanking. Users are abandoning BlackBerry handsets. And now, even at RIM parties, people are going home hurt â€” 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 RIMâ€™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 companyâ€™s response was swift, though terse. â€œA serious incident occurred at our BlackBerry event tonight,â€ RIM told Wired in an e-mailed statement. â€œOur first concern is the well-being of the injured guest.â€
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). â€œPeople were crying and quite a lot were being sick, whether from the blood or the alcohol,â€ Cohen said. â€œA lot of people here were teen users of BlackBerry who donâ€™t seem to have had a free drink before. It is atrocious for BlackBerry.â€
At this point, â€œatrociousâ€ is an understatement. Letâ€™s count a few ways the company has had egg on its face over the past year:
- The BlackBerry PlayBook, RIMâ€™s supposed comeback device, launches in April 2011 to lukewarm (at best) reviews. No one buys it.
- Two RIM employees are kicked off an airplane for being too wasted. The story makes headlines everywhere.
- Rioting in London spreads like wildfire, thanks to RIMâ€™s BlackBerry Messenger service.
- Hackers find a vulnerability in the Webkit browser, highlighting flaws in RIMâ€™s most important feature: Security.
- RIM releases its fourth-quarter earnings, which are more dismal than even Wall Street had anticipated.
- Dude is stabbed in neck at RIM party. The story makes headlines everywhere.
Weâ€™ll offer you this advice, RIM: Donâ€™t go to Vegas anytime soon. Your luck sucks.