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...
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15. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

I would lineup outside Apple store and buy 3 iphone 5s then selling them at 2-3x original price and buy Xperia Z1 and Tablet Z and still got enoguh money to buy PS4 in december.

33. rockblock123

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

see you are smart..unfortunately these folks arent that bright..they are walking zombies..look at them next time youre out,they all have that sameness...sad but true..its call igotiphoneuptheirarses

51. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

xperia z1? what is it?? is it aphone? or a toy? LOL!

57. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I'll give you the Tablet, but a PS4? Come on now!!! ;)

17. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

All the homeless people should've just run away with his money. How come they didn't scatter and ran like hell? Were they basically hostages? I know some people retain their dignity, but geez, you can tell if someone's a potential a-hole in a few minutes.

20. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

homeless more honest than the rich.

34. taikucing unregistered

LMAO ROFL

35. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Apple was out of line by not selling the iphones. If they waited in line waiting for them, they did it the right way. If someone else didnt get there early enough thats their problem. Regardless of what is to be done with them. Where are the rules to buying an iphone? Its one per customer. Each homeless is a different customer selling their product at a $40 profit to them. Where is the problem? There was one customer / iphone.

37. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Apple had to do it to protect their brand image. Think about it: what does it look like to your masses of customers if you just sit and watch this guy get away with it so he can cheat you out of even more money than you'd already be paying? They were perfectly within their rights to do this, and it was a no-brainer.

39. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

How is he cheating? He has one person / phone waiting in line. Its not like he's the only one in line and getting 10 phones by himself. Its like black friday. You have "one" customer per product. You snooze you lose, but there is one customer / iphone and I doubt he can carry more than 10 people in one van.

40. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's the exact thing stores are trying to prevent when they limit your number of purchases. What are they going to do, just go "bravo, you got around our system!" Sure he's following the letter of the law, but he's clearly violating the spirit.

38. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just how desperates are those people can get? Hired a homeless person? Now that's just sad.

42. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hired several homeless people.

43. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hired several homeless people.

44. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Thanks FlipBoard for double-posting me, by the way.

46. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

"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." So being homeless makes you a bum now? Are were these guys actually bums? If I was one of the homeless who couldn't purchase the phone, I would have taken my $40 cut or kept the $. No way I would have stood in line and not get anything.

52. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Whether in Pasadena, San Francisco, Manhattan, et al. why the F%#@ do stupid M.F.ers wait out in the cold and the wet in order to pay Top ( WAY,WAY, WAY ) OVER-PRICED dollar$$$$$$$$ for Do#che-Bag Job's legacy MID-RANGE P.O.S.? You know Jobs is having a hearty laugh in HELL these days...

54. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

He got "Hundreds", really? Something fishy I thinks.

55. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Well... Who with right job and right mind will waste their time days and night waiting for just a phone???

58. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

People do it with Video Game Consoles all the time. If morons wouldn't purchase them like this, then it wouldn't happen. I can't blame the guy honestly.

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