#OccupyApple Hits iPhone 5 Lines, Sells Spots for Charity

With brand ambassadors already grabbing the first few spots in the NYC iPhone 5 line, Occupy Wall Street demonstrator Ryan Lash was one of many who saw the opportunity for some free publicity. On Thursday morning, a group of demonstrators decided to "Occupy Apple", grabbing a handful of spaces towards the front of the line with the intention of selling their spots.

But not to worry, the money wasn't for themselves, it was going to be donated to charity. But according to Lash, who has been doing Occupy demonstrations for a year now they didn't advertise the fact because “If we tell them it’s for a donation, they will not buy our spots.” Although we aren't sure this would be entirely true, some of the Occupy demonstrators in line wanted to share a few words about Apple.

One cardboard sign read, "Apple puts profits in offshore accounts so they can dodge paying taxes," while another one said "Its OK, keep buying things you dont need. #OccupyApple". In an interview with TechCrunch, Lash argued “Technology should be free and incorporated into public services.” When asked which charity the money would be donated to, Lash reported that they hadn't figured it out just yet.

We aren't sure how many, if any, spots were actually sold before the doors were opened today, or whether or not any of the demonstrators ended up buying one. Who knows, they did spend all of that time in line after all.

 

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  • yobobjm
    2 things are dumb about this, first of all, if you pre-ordered it by mail then it was not hard to get, what's with the lines (my idiot family bought 2 and got them both today). Also, you really think that a protest is going to stop the sheep from buying the latest shiny apple product?
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  • idroid
    I don't know who is dumber.... the people in line waiting to buy an iPhone or those protester.
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  • gorz
    "Technology should be free"

    Pffff like that would ever happen. Nobody is going to take the time in creating a product just to give to you for "the good of humanity". That is not very human like.
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  • yobobjm
    2 things are dumb about this, first of all, if you pre-ordered it by mail then it was not hard to get, what's with the lines (my idiot family bought 2 and got them both today). Also, you really think that a protest is going to stop the sheep from buying the latest shiny apple product?
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  • gorz
    "Technology should be free"

    Pffff like that would ever happen. Nobody is going to take the time in creating a product just to give to you for "the good of humanity". That is not very human like.
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  • A Bad Day
    There is always an equilibrium of stupidity, from Harvard's professors to CEOs to your average joes.
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