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Apple Creates New Job Category: Professional, Like, Line-Waiters

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Some have argued that iPhone 5 will single-handedly save the world's economy (as we 'discussed' here) and indeed it seems an entire new category of employment has been created thanks to the pathetic desperation of so many needing the new 'old' iPhone. As Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports, among the thousands of people expected to wait for hours outside of Apple's stores today, at least a couple hundred of them will be paid just to stand there. TaskRabbit appears to be the pre-emptive winner in 'arranging' these 'waiting-in-line' deals as one 'queuer' stated "I am a professional line waiter."

Of course, the conspiracist would wonder aloud whether these crowd-fillers and line-waiters are indirectly 'purchased' to create more buzz by the demigod itself. Nevertheless, what an inspiration these Americans are: "I've done other waiting-in-line things. I think it's going to end up being, like, my specialty."


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Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:38 | 2818081 Mongo
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So, where is the bread line then?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:38 | 2818082 YuropeanImbecille
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I call bullshit on this article.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:47 | 2818116 knukles
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The New Normal's Full Employment High Self Esteem Job Satisfaction that Takes Place People Back into the Workforce


Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:01 | 2818182 Manthong
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So how much in transfer payments does that line of people with nothing better to do take in?.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:07 | 2818220 francis_sawyer
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and to think all the chinks at Foxconn are jumping off the roof of buildings because they're only getting a few pennies per hour...

What they REALLY need to do is to go into debt to banksters to get a pHD from the University of Phoenix in professional "line waiting" & then they'd be riding the gravy train...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:16 | 2818269 Richard Chesler
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Queers not queuers.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:19 | 2818278 Matt
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This article is incorrect. People have been professionally waiting in line to generate hype for condominium pre-construction sales for years.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:26 | 2818309 Hippocratic Oaf
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Apple goes to Williamsburg Brooklyn and rounds up a bunch of under-employed, unemployed, trust-funded, wanna-be hipsters for these positions. They are spirited and have all the time in the world. And only a few stops away on the L train to the meatpacking district apple store.

Like, YAH!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:41 | 2819079 Oracle of Kypseli
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Something wrong with this nosnense, because my local verizon has three in stock and there are no lines. 

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 15:25 | 2820772 mkkby
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I know 2 people who waited 4+ hours for the store to open. If apple were really smart they'd sell em to the highest bidder. These iDiots will pay anything to impress their friends.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:54 | 2818158 dwdollar
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I'd call BS on the last 15 years if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:08 | 2818237 RSloane
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I'm with you Dwdollar, if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, the last 15 years would be relegated to bad fiction.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:40 | 2818605 viahj
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hey, at least we've been duly entertained with the hilarity of what the whole world has turned into.  too bad that it all leads to destruction, but we'll go out with a smile.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:44 | 2818624 machineh
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This proves that the Prophet Kurgman (Piss Be Upon Him) was right -- the iphone 5 will turbocharge GDP.

Plus, peeps skippin' work to stand in line will boost employment for others.

If queuers become impatient and smash the windows of the Apple store, GDP cranks even faster! 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:10 | 2818731 gunsmoke011
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Agree - only 15 years ago I actually thought it was novel and therefore funny at times. Now I just get pissed off because I see now that it is not the acception but the rule that people have become idiots and spend my time waitng for it all to end.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:48 | 2818127 slaughterer
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When does AAPL pay people to DESTROY their iPhones to stimulate the US economy?  

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:15 | 2818260 RSloane
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I hear Krugman is running through New York City right now with a ball-peen hammer, a knife, and a cutting board.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 16:08 | 2820810 akak
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So Krugmn is now a mohle?


Well, I guess, why not?  If breaking windows adds to GDP, then lopping off foreskins can only add to the nation's prosperity as well.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:52 | 2818410 Squid Vicious
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when is the Task Rabbit IP0? get me in and tell me where I bought it later...

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 15:28 | 2820774 mkkby
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Uh... what else do you think relatively unchanged new models
are for.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:57 | 2818172 LawsofPhysics
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Exactly.  Going to be a lot of bread lines soon, "SNAP".  Next will be jobs in the security area to guard food and fuel production and delivery.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:48 | 2818393 Seer
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"Next will be jobs in the security area to guard food and fuel production and delivery."

The "fuel production" part has been covered for some time now, by the US military...  I sense only a slight alteration in their training is not too far away.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:53 | 2818413 LawsofPhysics
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So, if China want to have the next reserve currency, when do they start training their Army for these roles?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:31 | 2818313 Atlantis Consigliore
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Bankrupt Chicago and Illinois wants FED bailout; LOL hold yourself suckers. 1% city wide income tax next year. in the bag

I yi hi phone cult of unemployed College Educated No Future Sheeple for I phones.

This is unconsionable,  there are $ 1 trillion in student loans by students waiting in lines;

we demand these phones;  i want a cash for my i4 phone clunker for free phone;

if i want it , i need it, if i need it its my right, and if i dont get it for free Ill strike or Ill sue you!!!

Sheeple,    print another I PHone Trillion....


thank you,  another 1 family in Illnois per hour moving out,  Bankrupt Chicago and Illinois.


Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:53 | 2819276 stocktivity
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I think ZH mis-quoted the line employee. It should have been quoted....."Like, you-know...I've done, like, other waiting - in - line thingies you know. I think, like, it's going to end up being, my spedal ...errr thingy.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:27 | 2819347 JuliaS
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Apple illiminates the need for breadlines.

All of the professional line-waiters will be subtracted from the BLS headline number in the next revision.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:39 | 2818084 LetThemEatRand
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The iP5 has a fifth row of people waiting to buy it.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:45 | 2818629 machineh
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They used to call it a 'fifth column' ...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:39 | 2818085 Cdad
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<Cdad gouging eyes out>

I'm hearing that the new iPhone5 will also debut a new app called iRiots [now that Spain is considering handing over sovereignty to EU bankers]. 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:39 | 2818086 Spastica Rex
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I wonder how they will manage to increase their productivity over time?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:44 | 2818103 HelluvaEngineer
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By doubling their size

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:52 | 2818088 Abraxas
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Looking for work.

I'll wait in lines for others $15/hour.

I'll also wave at family departures and cry at the funerals for a close family member of the deceased $20/hour

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:02 | 2818201 francis_sawyer
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In 6 hours time, you'd be able to cash out your paycheck, walk across the street & buy a Samsung Galaxy...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:23 | 2818537 wandstrasse
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I think about employing somebody who replies to my posts '..hey wandstrasse, your jokes are so good... it is so thought-provoking and smart what you are saying..' and the like. ah... could have a second account and reply myself... no, I want it NOW.. new account takes too much time..

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:42 | 2818619 Abraxas
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EXCELLENT POST!!! Wandstrasse, you manage to eloquently express the desires of multitudes and penetrate their inermost desires, while arousing their curiosity, but maintaining the superb humor quality in your posts. We can't help but ask for more (I expect my $10 in cash, no cheques or cards)

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:49 | 2818638 wandstrasse
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Just put it in an envelope and sent it to you... thanks. Next time please do not talk about the cost in public. Regarding everything else, I am very satisfied, thanks again.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:51 | 2818651 Sig Sauer
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$10 in fiat?  have you learned NOTHING in your time here?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:58 | 2818671 Abraxas
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They are still convertible to real money.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:41 | 2818089 spanish inquisition
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Some quick napkin charting and ....

So for every 5 jobs we ship overseas, we create 1 part time temporary professional job in the US. Sweet!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:56 | 2818168 RSloane
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Not only that, the one part time temporary professional job costs about 200K$ Sweet indeed!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:07 | 2818477 Skateboarder
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And you need a friggin MBA to get dat shit.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:08 | 2818478 Seer
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Most of the "shipped jobs" are lost to robots.  US companies restructure their manufacturing when they relocated overseas, they update their lines, which tends to incorporate MORE robotics/automation.  More robotics/automation = less human workers.  Folks overseas don't complain because they are getting NEW (rather than a reduction of) jobs.

(the article is wrong, however, that outsourcing isn't costing US jobs [refer to my reason], but automation IS replacing jobs)

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:42 | 2818094 ffart
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***newsflash from zerohedge*** people will do anything for money ***newflash***

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:42 | 2818097 Winston Churchill
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So the USA is finally not Uganda,more like the old Soviet USSR.

Brings back unfond memories of my visits to that benighted empire.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:50 | 2818113 Dr. Engali
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We live in a fucked up country with misplaced priorities that's for sure. Waiting in line for an extra row of icons....idiots.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:00 | 2818195 RSloane
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Just think of it as enriching the lives of Chinese workers.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 15:40 | 2820788 mkkby
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I'm sure you're not really that obtuse. They're waiting in line to impress their friends. Just as sad.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:52 | 2818115 Muppet Pimp
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The people downing this idea are free market haters.  What is wrong with two willing parties arranging an agreement that is mutually beneficial (and tax free)?  The free market at work with some help from technology.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:00 | 2818193 hannah
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people pay good money to have people shit on them....?! i dont think hating 'free markets' has much to do with me thinking it is stupid....

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:04 | 2818218 Dr. No
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I agree.  If AAPL want to create hype and hire "liners"  more power to them.  Its better than paying to be in line like everytime you need something from the DMV.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:47 | 2818119 slaughterer
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Time to SHORT AAPL at $705 over the weekend: QQQ re-shuffle inevitable announcement soon.  

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:48 | 2818131 Seorse Gorog fr...
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Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:48 | 2818125 Seorse Gorog fr...
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Bullish for employment! Bullish for the BaLLS!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:49 | 2818133 The Continental
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How can I short AAPL? Is there an ETF? This has all the signs of a bubble about to pop.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:25 | 2818304 earnyermoney
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Reggie Middleton's got ton's of ideas.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:49 | 2818134 Bluntly Put
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This is bad, if the Line Waiters form a union, and then decide to go on strike forming a picket line it might become impossible to determine which line is which.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:52 | 2818147 Temporalist
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I am a scab line-waiter and I also kiss anyone's ugly aunt for a small fee too.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:17 | 2818515 Seer
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All training for serving the oligarchs (who are "doing God's work")...

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 15:43 | 2820794 mkkby
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Compared to line waiting, how sad is making minimum wage to risk your life over somebody else's oil and power fetish?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:50 | 2818140 deki
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Apple presents real man of genius. Today we salut you mr. proffesional like line-waiter.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:05 | 2818225 pods
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Snap!  I loved those ads.

My favorite:  Mr. Really Bad Toupee Wearer.

"You think it looks natural, when in reality it wouldn't look phonier if it had a chin strap."


Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:19 | 2818277 pepperspray
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siri can you make this line move any fa-AASS-STERR

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2818141 MillionDollarBogus_
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Yesterday I saw a craigslist ad offering $100 for someone to wait in a iphone5 line.

Nice to see the Apple-kool-aid drinkers part with their money so easily...

Ben would be proud of that dedication...


Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:27 | 2818312 Matt
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The front of the line was 3 days ago, so if someone took $100 to stand in line for three days, while someone with a job got an iPhone first without skipping out on three days of work, then I don't see how the person getting the iPhone is really parting with their money. They probably earned enough during those three days of work to pay for the iPhone plus the Line Waiter.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:33 | 2818580 francis_sawyer
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Hey DC Fusor... I'm wondering... How much did you have to pay someone to stand in line to wait to buy your 'coal fired' Chevy Volt?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:34 | 2818582 Seer
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Yeah, but, but... but what if their job was as a Line Waiter!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2818142 Yen Cross
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i-M sick of this shit!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:17 | 2818272 RSloane
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Heh good one.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2818145 Kaiser Sousa
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i swear to god i cant wait for this consumer based Imoron society to b brought to its fucking knees due to its on stupidity, hollowness, and banker brainwashed induced slavery...



fucking sumb ass americans deserve what their getting................

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:57 | 2818165 The Count
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...we do have some anger issues, don't we? Now go back to screwing your camel.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:04 | 2818186 Kaiser Sousa
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hey buddy...u got a point to make then cool...

but why waste ur time otherwise with nonsense statements that got nothing to do with nothing...

or r u just a little bitch that feels the need to tell some one "fuck you too"...

if so, good job little move the fuck on...

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 15:48 | 2820800 mkkby
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What point did you make other than venting, and not even in an original way?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:56 | 2818166 azzhatter
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I'm with you. Armageddon would be worth it to see all these little shit for brain cocksuckers become toast

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:59 | 2818189 The Count
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Of course, since you are obviously living under a rock already. ZH should ban all idiot camel fuckers from posting on this site.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2818146 gunsmoke011
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""I've done other waiting-in-line things. I think it's going to end up being, like, my specialty." --

Aim High Young Man - Aim High!! I mean "Like" Really High

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:53 | 2818151 The Count
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OK, time to bail out. When I hear total BS like the iPhone will save the world economy nuttiness is coming to a crescendo. Remember when prior to the DotCom bust some 'experts' said the stock market could never crash again because....blah blah blah?

And later how the real estate boom was going to make every american rich? Well, we are at that point again. 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:56 | 2818167 dwdollar
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Except this time the Fed is willing to print whatever it takes to keep the bubble inflated.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:58 | 2818180 Yen Cross
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 I remember every ass-hole, "so-called" real estate professional, trying to get me to buy a "i-House" back in early 2007.

 Glad I didn't listen to those "suck wads", either! ;-)

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:11 | 2818248 The Count
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I remember 2005 well, there were at least 3 realtors living in my street. Wonder what they are all doing now.... ;-)

Later I recall ads on Saturday morning TV showing housewives that were discussing 'the market' and how they got rich trading futures.

At least before there were bubbles the population could participate in, now its just a self feeding, malignant money tumor waiting to explode.


Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:40 | 2818609 Seer
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It's a finite planet.  It's beyond me how anyone can not understand that ALL growth will result in some sort of bust.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:54 | 2818159 azzhatter
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Morons every one of them. I have a 6 year old Nokia phone works fine. These cocksuckers will stand in line for a phone but they can't be bothered to defend our constitution

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:28 | 2818318 DollarMenu
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You've got to remember that the line to purchase only requires a credit card or maybe cash,

the line to defend the Consititution comes with the risk of being pepper-sprayed, clubbed, and arrested.

One line serves the masters, the other threatens them.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:50 | 2818646 machineh
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the line to defend the Consititution comes with the risk of being pepper-sprayed, clubbed, and arrested.

Plus they take your phone away as 'evidence' ... maybe plant some child porn on it if you're already on their shit list.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:55 | 2818162 Inthemix96
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This is more absurd than vegans.

What in fuck is happening to folk?  They pay you to stand in a fucking queue?  Fuck me, the world is insane.

I sometimes wish I hadn't woken up.......

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:57 | 2818173 Abraxas
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No, I wish these iDIOTS didn't wake up. 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:59 | 2818187 Dr. Engali
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Yeah but if you hadn't been pulled out of the matrix you wouldn't be having all this fun.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:01 | 2818198 Ralph Spoilsport
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I hated being a Matrix battery anyway.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:50 | 2818647 Seer
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"They pay you to stand in a fucking queue?  Fuck me, the world is insane."

And it's perfectly OK to stand in a manufacturing line making the shit that's co-opting everyone?

Perhaps it's over-rationalization, but "line waiting" seems a bit closer to doing something in the service of another: the other is in the service of a virtual entity called "A Corporation".

When the primary mantra is "perpetual growth," ON A FUCKING FINITE PLANET, then EVERYTHING IS INSANE!

Just saying...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 15:09 | 2818982 Inthemix96
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I cannot see your point seer.  One group of folk get paid to build shit we consume.

And the other get paid to stand there for fuck all?

Engage your brain mate.  Just sayin.....

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:37 | 2819199 Seer
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"One group of folk get paid to build shit we consume."

Operative word is "shit."  People are programmed to consume shit (and fucking like it!).

I assure you, my brain is engaged.

My POINT, which is always an equal-opportunity-basher of all things stupid, is that NO side is as pious as made out.  There's a subtle religious undertone in what I wrote (one can take it as part sarcasm if one wants, but one would have to actually be sharp enough to spot it- that's how I operate...).

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:57 | 2818170 Kina
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Apple just so great for US GDP, all that money they will make to increase employment in SE Asia. Err does the US actually benefit from Apple at all?

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:06 | 2818226 RSloane
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Yes, it keeps our temporary, like, professional line waiters busy.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:34 | 2819218 Seer
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Sorry, but questioning/challenging the workings of The Corporation is not allowed.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 11:58 | 2818181 Ralph Spoilsport
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APPL surging ahead on rumors that the ZH App will be announced any day now.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:01 | 2818196 lostcause
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 Just wait in a few years we will see homeless people with "Food for Iphone signs."

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:02 | 2818204 Ralph Spoilsport
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Years? I'm sure there's an App for that in the pipeline.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:05 | 2818221 forwardho
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Once I built some ishit, now its gone, brother can you spare a C-note.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:10 | 2818242 Temporalist
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See this is what happened.  I put out a sign that said "Fucking Morons Stand Here" and then these people with iPhones just started showing up in droves...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:13 | 2818255 Racer
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So they pay people to make the people, who are stupid enough to queue in the first place, wait even longer in a queue. How ridiculous is that and speaks volumes about the idiots prepared to put up with it!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:15 | 2818257 Volaille de Bresse
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In front of the Paris Apple Stores there are lines of... shady Russian guys waiting to buy 30 or 50 Ip5 at once, all paid in cash of course!


Good job Steve! 

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:20 | 2818279 earnyermoney
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I wondered why traffic was light on the commute this morning.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:21 | 2818285 robertocarlos
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You people are just jealous because you spend all your money on stacking PMs and you can't afford an iPhone.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:24 | 2818299 DavidJ
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Remember if these ILiners stand in line and get paid and pay taxes then it will be counted in GDP!  

If I pay someone to stand on the street mocking these Iaddicts, will it be counted as GDP!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:26 | 2818308 Sokhmate
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I specialize in dingleberry disposal from a particular orifice I own. It's an easy job and provide quite the satisfaction (especially after a healthy meal)

I provide lessons (low fee) on the entire flow for producing the best dingleberries.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:26 | 2818311 Sandmann
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I bet they used Google Maps to find the store...but Apple Maps won't get them home !

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:28 | 2818317 robertocarlos
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Remember when people stood in line for days to buy a new condo. Real estate agents paid people to stand in line for them.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:40 | 2818335 NorthPole
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Apple claims to have invented the UI, Apple patents smartphones with rounded corners, now it seems like professional line-waiters were apparently invented by Apple... I call bullshit and prior art. Professional line waiters were booming in the Eastern Block countries decades ago. There were severe shortages of stuff and it was not uncommon to have to wait for weeks to buy , say, furniture (of course, people were not physically standing in front of the shop for weeks - they had a book were a 'line manager' would write how the line looks like and one had to show up every day at a given time and report to him not to lose his place in the line) The retirees would often help out their families by standing in those lines and make little money by standing in many other virtual lines for many people.

Sometimes the only progress you would make for a week's worth of virtual standing was moving one place up the line from place 247 to 246 because one poor sob forgot to report and was bumped all the way to the end, to place 1141 :)

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:40 | 2818360 Squid Vicious
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can't wait for the ifone 5 muggings to start...enhanced by the fact that most of the new fanboi owners couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:44 | 2818396 LouisDega
Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:58 | 2818440 blunderdog
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They've been going on here in NYC for a good while.  There are warning-posters all over the subways warning people to look out for phone thieves.  Which strikes me as a waste of money, because the "pod-people" who are permanently attached to their phone gadgets will never notice a poster, anyway.

Basically, the phone owners are so spacey and oblivious to their surrounding that you can just walk up to them, remove the groceries from the bags they're carrying, pick their pockets, and then finally just take the phone out of their hand.

That's when they snap out of it and realize something's happened.  Time it before the next stop and you should have plenty of time to get away. 

They won't be able to take your picture or call the cops, so you probably don't have anything to worry about.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:45 | 2819255 Seer
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I believe it was some comic who had a bit about posting HUGE "Don't Crash" signs on freeways.  Without a doubt there were likely people who thought it a good idea...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:44 | 2818371 RobinHood73
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AAPL has now added Iphone 5 and Iphone 6 to market cap in 1 month. 200 million iphone 5s @ 250 per and 200 million iphone6s @250 per

Price doesnt matter. Just has to trade higher to avoid  economic implosion

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:49 | 2818397 NeedleDickTheBu...
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This job is old news.  I was a professional gas station line waiter for my entire family during shortages in the 70s.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 13:19 | 2818523 Nussi34
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This job profile is not new! Every South American country has them... To wait in line  at banks, public offices etc...

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:21 | 2818790 Straw Dog
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Line Waiter Story.

Saw this on a Michael Wood documentary "The Wonders of India", can't remember the exact title.

Anyway MW is in town A and wants to get to town B. The only means of transport is a private pickup truck where passengers ride in the back. So MW asks the truck owner when is the departure time, the owner replies "As soon as we have 6 passengers". MW looks up at the truck and sees 5 people on board, so pays the driver the required fee. However as soon as he takes his place on the bed of the truck, one of the other "passengers" gets off. It turns out that most, if not all, of the other "passengers" on the truck were paid to sit and wait and attract paying customers.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 14:35 | 2818846 Pairadimes
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Should work wonders for BLS efforts to get unemployment below 8 percent before November 6th.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 16:13 | 2819154 Hobie
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People will do anything for another row of iCons.

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:06 | 2819306 luna_man
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Just practice...Soon to be standing in soup line!


Money should have been saved for food...Just add to your regret list!

Fri, 09/21/2012 - 17:36 | 2819363 noses
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What's so strange about that? I've hired professional queuing specialists 20 years ago in Brazil already. Nothing new, you can find them in all developing countries of the planet.


Congratulations, USA.

Sat, 09/22/2012 - 02:12 | 2819902 laomei
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In China we have this whole thing simplified.  You come and take a number, then wait to be served.  In cases where people come and snap up numbers to resell to legit customers, they just implement a fee to take the number in the first place.  Kinda sad how america hasn't figured this out.

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