PASADENA, California (AP)
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.
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.
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.
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