Homeless in L.A. hired to stand in line and buy Apple iPhone units

Homeless in L.A. hired to stand in line and buy Apple iPhone units
A businessman in L.A. came up with a way to get hundreds of Skid Row bums a job on Friday, that didn't require too much training. But before you praise this gentleman for his altruistic act, be advised that it was all a scheme to make huge profits. Looking for a way to get his hands on as many Apple iPhones as possible on launch day, he offered $40 for each homeless person who would wait in line in front of the Pasadena Apple Store and purchase two iPhones for him.

The man bragged about his plan and opened his mouth to others on the line of about 200 people. Apple Store personnel heard about the deception and immediately stopped selling any more phones to the homeless stand-ins. With customers allowed to buy 2 units at a time, the scheme could have resulted in one person ownin a huge chunk of supply from that particular store. And with inventories of the full-feature model low to begin with, this plan could have resulted in crippling shortages of the device in the market.

When the man told those who waited on line but couldn't buy a phone for him that he would not pay them, the businessman was quickly surrounded by a menacing crowd and escorted away from the store for his own safety. He left with several boxes in hand containing new iPhones. The police failed to investigate, calling it a "business issue."

On Thursday night, witnesses saw a van transport a number of homeless to the Pasadena Apple Store. At least one homeless man was not happy. "It didn't go right. I stood out here all night," said 43-year-old Dominoe Moody, whom we assume was one of the homeless that got stiffed on Friday, after waiting on line all day to buy a pair of new iPhone units.

source: USAToday via SanGabrielValleyTribune

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1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Jerk! That's outta line.


Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

nope thats actually..........In line.....YEEAAAHH!!


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Trust me, my profile pic shows the Fifth Avenue store here in New York City on Thursday afternoon which had a line of about 25 and they ALL l°°ked homeless. The barricades Apple thought it would need were stacked near the curb just taking up sidewalk space. Anyhoot, if anyone was smart enough to buy their new iPhone 4S+ at Verizon you have 14 days to return it and get yourself a real phone but, there is a $35 restocking fee (wtf happened - they never had a restocking fee with their Worry-Free Guarantee??). Tragically, if you bought your phone at the Apple Store, your refund (less i30%) will be placed on an iTunes Gift Card for any future purchase (non-transferable, of course).

41. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

The receipt back probably outlines a "normal" refund policy and you should be able to get your money back in the same tendered for. Just point it out and escalate to a manager. Cash buyers might not want to show up early since there might not be enough money on hand (or just get a check mailed).

13. maysider

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

Apple is out of line not just because of the ebook price fixing robbery I have been thinking all the time this is just a rotten marketing by rotten company....No wonder :) Who would stand for such outdated and dumb device? :) 1) just dual core 2) icon style from 1990 3) no possibility to set any default app

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You would

18. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Oh man. Check out the benchmark scores on this dual core. If it's so dumb, what would you call the quad core phones that it beat?..LOL http://anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5http://anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/7


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

You're so utterly desparate to believe that you just didn't throw your kid's college fund out the window that, it seems that you're trying REALLY hard to convince yourself this was a justifiable waste of moula' It's not too late to return it and get some sort of partial iRefund. Besides, Samsung makes that A7 chip inside, boy we OWNS you!!

29. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I use an S4 brosephine.

49. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

so what if samsung makes the a7 chip on iphone 5s? apple is paying them for that chips.. so whats the big deal? & why are you affected if they prefer the iphone over your favorite? some people just prefer a lag-free phone!

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

100 Things iPhone 5S - 5C Can't do Android Phones Can:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTrazT99Ps


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

OMG ... ROTFLOL I loved #14, 'with iOS7 and their new flamboyant look...' HA-HA-HA .... and #15 No face unlock but, 'you can choose to give your fingerprints to the NSA if you buy an iPhone 5s' I also learned that I can buy a USB Host dongle and use an external USB Flash Drive, something I will buy today. Go ahead iUsers, at least you can iSync with iTunes and only add certain media content to your quasiPhones.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31594; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dang dude that's impressive.

47. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

hahaha! wait for a 16-core android phone with 16gb of ram, & iphone 5s would easily be beaten!!

56. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

moto x is dual core with 2 gigs of ram s4, one, g2 and z1 are quad cores with same amount of ram and ALL of them are much better than the 5s Performance wise it can only be compared to something like the GS2 or one s

48. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

at least on that same tests.. so just wait for it..

53. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

ur an idiot, only android needs a gazillion cores to run as smooth as ios ans wp

2. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

wtf did I just read??? O_o

3. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

wtf is goin on people ?

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wtf,,. Not cool.... for an iphone?..... what is the world becoming

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

But i admit, smart move... ill also be embarrased, being seen in a line, trying to buy last year look alike phone...

6. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

Greedy ifan, i suppose

19. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011


50. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

bitternes & jealousy detected.. LOL!

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

So this was what Apple meant by "creating more jobs for americans".

8. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If I was conceded and wanted an iphone I'd find a homeless person in line and just give them $50 for their spot. Not that I would do it since it's not a limited edition or something. Remind me how many million's of phones are apple going to make.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What a d**k! He should have at least paid them for their time.

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sounds like a typical reseller. I hate people like that.

12. Samsungadroidrules

Posts: 104; Member since: Jul 28, 2013

What the hell is this? Can anyone summarize this for me, I'm lazy to read it all Please.

14. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

not to sound rude, but couldn't other ppl tell something was going on. ur so close to each other waiting in line for hrs and well u can kind of tell if the person is homeless or not no?

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