A second year was restrained by University of Manchester Security Services in an undisclosed location on Oxford Road last week after they were informed that an individual was walking through university grounds without an Apple MacBook.
The security hotline was inundated with calls throughout Friday afternoon after Paula Willis, 20, was observed entering the library displaying behaviour onlookers described as unusual.
This included ‘nervous pacing, fidgeting, and having a laptop bag that looked like it weighed something’.
In famously reluctant fashion, campus security were eventually sent to investigate. When Mrs. Willis was identified, they had no choice but to separate her from her friends to take her in for questioning.
“It was clear why students thought there was something not quite right when we saw the alleged suspect from the top of the stairs,” said Adrian Hayes, head of student protection.
“When you’re used to getting into the library at 9am and seeing a sea of glowing, pulsing, slightly nibbled apples on a huge, amalgamated grey background, an Asus with a flowery case is going to raise some eyebrows” he explained. “That’s exactly the sort of situation we had here today.”
Unfortunately, it seems this level of anxiousness surrounding ‘foreign technology’ is all too common in Manchester. “To put it into context, some of these students have never seen another type of laptop in their life,” Mr Hayes commented sympathetically, “We once had a SWAT team called to Sam Alexander Building after a HP Envy was left on a table. The student that reported it thought it was an explosive.”
In response to the incident, UoM have pledged to provide more information on the ‘diverse range of devices’ that are recognised by the University as safe in order to prevent further issues.
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