Dude buys iPhone XS in Russia, pays with a bathtub full of coins

Dude buys iPhone XS in Russia, pays with a bathtub full of coins
The iPhone XS is not only a popular phone: in many less developed countries, it's also a status symbol, showing wealth and prestige in social circles. Put simply, it's a highly desired item for reasons not only related to it being a good phone.

So what happens when you don't quite have the means, but you have the desperate desire and some time to put one of the most elaborate pranks ever pulled off just to buy the latest iPhone XS?

Well, enter Russia, the year 2018, a group of young men and a bathtub full of coins. And one very, very unhappy store clerk.

At least this is what the picture above portrays, according to Ludmila Semushina, head of the Apple — re:Store, an authorized Apple device seller in Russia. The group of men carried a full-sized bath tub full of coins with the intention to buy one brand new iPhone XS. There was approximately 100,000 Russian rubles in the tub, which amounts to more than $1,400 US dollars, which is the exact price of the iPhone XS with 256GB of storage in question.

And if you wondered why there is a whole group of men waiting for the new phone, well, the reason is simple: it took that many people to carry the heavy bathtub inside the store. With all this, congratulations to the buyer and condolences to the clerk who had to count the coins.



1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Wow! The intent of buying an iphone on this dude is higher than my excitement every iphone release. I can imagine how happy he is once he gets his iphone Xs.

2. BullDozer

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

Someone really buys XS. That's funny.

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apparently many millions have done so. Not so funny now.

17. BuffaloSouce unregistered


6. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I can feel it... My first ever iOS device. Beautiful experience ;)

8. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

The reason there are that many people is to prevent the worker from beating the customer out the door. This isn’t the US, they will just beat you up and throw you out the door.

10. lovemac209

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

oh poor man..that’s nice...at least he don’t have to sell a kidney or kill someone for the money...

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

That's probably the bathtub he used to harvest a few kidneys to raise that coin, I mean why else would someone have a spare bathtub laying around?

13. mariosraptor

Posts: 185; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Just say “no more stock, sorry”!

18. iCloud

Posts: 128; Member since: May 15, 2014

That would be awesome. "I am sorry you had to carry that tub but we are all sold out. Next!" Haha

15. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I guess he can’t swim in his coins like Scrooge McDuck anymore.

19. whatev

Posts: 2411; Member since: Oct 28, 2015


20. Vogue1985 unregistered

Awesome. MONEY is MONEY. Start cointing the penny's. This dude is broke, he just wanted to his moneys worth respected lol. And who brought the tub in the store zhis driver and bodyguard most likely. Now that's Russia

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