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.
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.
@OccupyWallStreet GET A JOB.
I'd have to go with the people waiting in line. Granted, thinking people would rather give him money than donate to charity, and
"In an interview with TechCrunch, Lash argued “Technology should be free and incorporated into public services.”"
Is insane. Apparently food, healthcare, unemployment, social security and tuition assistance aren't enough, they need government funded iPhones too.
That being said they were smart enough to figure out someone would be dumb enough to pay them for a spot in line to buy a phone that everyone with a job just ordered online.
You also don't see people lining up days ahead to buy a android phone.
Probably be because Android uses have something called a life.
And I suggest you look at the number of jobs out there, hint there isn't many. But ignore that fact and be just like an apple cultist.
So when would you like you free 1980s era IBM PC and cell phone with backpack battery?