Two injured in stampede outside new MediaMarkt in Leidenschendam

On Thursday, two people were injured in an overexcited crowd outside a MediaMarkt store in Leidenschendam. According to police, hundreds of people had gathered outside the store.

The injuries occurred at the entrance to the store, where the large crowd had to funnel in through the narrow gates. According to, people pushed and shoved each other while trying to squeeze through the gates.

Dutch people love free things

So why were these people so excited about the new MediaMarkt store? I mean, vacuums and blenders are great, but they’re not exactly exciting- I think we can all agree on that. It turns out that the reason the crowd was so excited to enter the new store was the fact that the first 100 people to enter the store would get free earphones worth 115 euro. Dutch people love free things- love them dangerously, in fact.

Situation quickly brought back under control

The two injured people suffered bruises, which were treated on site by ambulance personnel. By 10:50 police had the situation under control.

Would you get this excited about free earphones? Let us know in the comments below. 

Feature image: Donald Trung/Wikimedia Commons

Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


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