Homeless people, hired to buy newest iPhones, left stranded and unpaid

Sept. 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Homeless people recruited to stand in line to purchase the newest iPhone at the Pasadena, Calif., Apple store say they were left stranded and unpaid.

An unidentified man, hoping to secure a large number of the new cellphones when they went on sale Friday, delivered 70 to 80 people in vans from a Los Angeles homeless mission to Pasadena to wait overnight in line, said Dominoe Moody, 43, one of the people involved.

The Los Angeles Times reported the man who hired the placeholders was taken away by police, but not arrested, when people became upset with him and began fighting after deciding they were not being paid enough, Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson said.

Moody said he was promised $40 but did not receive it, adding he handed the man the iPhone as police took the man away. He said he had no way to return to the homeless mission.

Clawson estimated at least 200 people were in line at the store, awaiting its opening.

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