Ok, just saw a commercial for a news story on tonight about a woman in Palo Alto who wanted to buy her first computer she could ever afford. She apparently tried to buy an iPad with cash at the Palo Alto store but was denied and according to the snippet, another bystander helped in changing the Apple store policy. This is all the info I have from the short 30 second clip on tv. A few things I'm confused about with this story: One: why was she denied because she was paying with cash? I paid for my first iPad in June in cash no problems at the Walnut Creek, CA store. When was this an issue? Or is it store specific? Two, I hope she has access to a friends computer if she's buying her first computer as an iPad. And hopefully the store informs her that if she wants updates and backups, she will need another computer to do so. And three: why is this breaking news with it's own tv spot and a dedicated time slot on the news? Seriously, it looked like Apple was paying 7 Live (just heard the news station name again) to run this story. The tv spot had background music similar to the iPhone or Mac vs PC commercials.