Apple's Glass Stores: A Danger to Birds and Old Ladies? (UPDATED)

Every year thousands of birds smack their faces on the glass walls of Apple Stores, and it's very sad. But have you ever considered the grandmas? An 83-year-old fur magnate walked face-first into an Apple Store door. She's now suing for $1,000,000.

On December 13th of last year, Evelyn Paswall, formerly one of Manhattan's top Russian sable fur dealers, approached the Apple store in Manhasset on Long Island (pictured above). But her approach was stopped short by, y'know, the door. She walked face first into it, breaking her nose. So now she's suing Apple for a million bucks. According to her lawyer, a Mr. Derek T. Smith:

Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.

High-tech? On the one hand, glass has been around since 3,500 B.C. On the other, who hasn't walked into a glass door? You have to feel for Ms. Paswall. Maybe not a million bucks worth of feeling, but still, it sucks to break your nose.

Apparently, there are now white markings on the doors at the Manhasset store, though it isn't clear whether they were there on the day of the incident. "There were no markings on the glass or they were inadequate," her lawyer says. "My client is an octogenarian. She sees well, but she did not see any glass."

I don't want to sound unsympathetic, but I think it's safe to say that the new iPad's retina display would be totally wasted on her. [NY Post]

UDPATE: Well, lookie here. It sure looks like those window-markings were well in place back in October when Steve Jobs passed away (Ms. Paswall's little run-in occurred in December). Thanks to commenter RobNYC for the tip. Image via EEbeat.

Apple's Glass Stores: A Danger to Birds and Old Ladies? (UPDATED)