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A police officer guards the entrance of the Apple store as customers wait in line for the latest versions of the iPhone during the opening day of sales of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C in Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. An overnight campout for the new iPhone turned chaotic earlier Friday morning when two men were arrested for fighting outside an Apple Store and a man’s plan to hire homeless people to wait in line for the coveted devices backfired, authorities said. AP

PASADENA, California — An overnight campout for the new iPhone turned chaotic Friday morning when two men were arrested for fighting outside an Apple Store and a man’s plan to hire homeless people to wait in line for the coveted devices backfired, authorities said.

Dozens of people recruited at a downtown Los Angeles homeless shelter to buy iPhones in bulk at a Pasadena store were left unpaid, and they mobbed the man who had hired them, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.

One of the homeless men was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold after running into the street in an enraged state, Clawson said. Television news footage showed police breaking up several scuffles and calming down furious customers.

Dominoe Moody, 43, told the Los Angeles Times he was driven the 10 miles (16 kilometers) or so to Pasadena from Los Angeles with several vanloads of people to wait in line overnight.

Moody was promised $40 but said he wasn’t paid because after handing the man an iPhone, the man was escorted away by police when people became angry with him.

“It didn’t go right. I stood out here all night,” Moody told the newspaper, adding that he has no way to get back to Los Angeles.

The would-be entrepreneur, whose name was not released, was clutching a single bag stuffed with iPhones when he was escorted into a police cruiser and driven away at around 9:30 a.m.

The man was not cited because he did nothing illegal, Clawson said. Police were not investigating the incident, he said.

Most of the people recruited to wait in line weren’t paid by the man, Moody said, estimating that the man brought 70 to 80 people to the store.

In a separate incident hours earlier at the same store, two men were arrested after getting into a fistfight while in line.

No significant injuries were reported.

Police estimated that at least 200 people were on the sidewalk outside the store overnight. Some had been there for several days. The store hired two Pasadena police officers to control the crowd, Clawson said.

Apple’s new iPhone models, the 5S and 5C, were released worldwide Friday.


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Tags: Apple Store , California , iPhone , iPhone 5c , iPhone 5s

  • http://jaoromero.com/ Jao Romero

    the only ppl who buy iPhones are clueless hipsters. but that’s what makes them hipsters. they are truly fkn clueless.

  • Nic Legaspi

    Nexus FTW.

  • Zim

    I knew it ever since that people queuing and camping out overnight in front of apple store are all paid for being part of this marketing strategy. At first, it looks really believable so people turn up in the store the next days, weeks and months buying the device out of curiosity. It was very successful specially the new device from Apple that time was a real head turner. But now its busted.

    • generalproblem

      well it is true in gong kong. people line here paid by someone and this someone sell the phone in china with higher price. I dont believe in your imagination.

  • Aisa Pangdan

    Prior to Apple-acquisition, a microprocessor company used to design and supply powerful processors to US Defense Dept. There were about more than 10 mil/aero programs these chips were designed to. Who knows – your fingerprint might end up both on the A7 chip and to DoD database.

    • AguinaldoIsNotAHero

      “…your fingerprint might end up both on the A7 chip and to DoD database.”

      What? Are you serious? Sounds like scare tactics by a competing company.

    • generalproblem

      hehhee. what a un scientific imagination.

  • dos_sentimos

    Idiots. What’s w/ iPhone? I dont get it.

    • dos_sentimos

      I used to have one, iPhone 3g. It doesn’t play flac music, you can’t use torrent w/ it, no multitasking. Why would I buy one now? Enjoying my Samsung note 2 everyday

      • AguinaldoIsNotAHero

        “It doesn’t play flac music,…”

        That’s my major complaint against the iPhone: no native support for FLAC files up to now and I think there never will be in the future. For lossless audio files, it only plays it’s own ALAC files. The FLAC player apps are mediocre at best and the final solution, which is to convert the FLAC to ALAC will have you ending up with 2 large lossless copies of the same song in your library! Stupid, isn’t it? That’s why I’ll not be surprised if a lot of people will choose the Samsung S4 or HTC One or any Android fone over the iPhone 5S/5C.

      • generalproblem

        well thats the reason why iphone is different because it has its own technology unlike android phones that need to use what is available

  • speedstream2

    Chaos over a mobile phone that’s just a well-hyped, kind of overpriced and overrated product? It’s another indictment on people’s misplaced priorities in a world beset with a variety of serious problems, where literally millions of inhabitants are starving, lacking access to potable water and wanting in basic health.

    • chitgoks

      kind of overpriced? lol. it is overpriced

      • speedstream2

        Just putting it mildly, my friend, just putting it mildly. Besides, those who dearly love the product wouldn’t think twice about whipping out the plastic card or coughing up hard-earned money just to get their hands on the item. It’s all part of the consumerism syndrome.

  • dang1

    iPhone-carrying douchebag

  • RyanE

    No use to fight over a “junk”.. hehe

  • Bentot

    Greedy people with no life.

    • randymarsh

      cork sniffers unite!

  • Javaman

    Thats my Iphone goodbye samsung…

    • Ross

      :) Good luck… enjoy your phone…



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