Incidentally, had Ding accepted the first compel, he'd have finished off enough apples to grow to the size of an adult human before stopping. Had he accepted the escalated version, he's have had to use the truck entrance to crawl out, and either way he'd have faced some very nervous armed policemen. (The escalated version might have even presented a military response as well, a tank or two).
You wouldn't find enough apples in that warehouse for a second escalation. Anything that gets escalated twice is seriously bad news.