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Line forms at Fifth Ave Apple Store in NYC

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Thu May 22, 2008

Line at Fifth Avenue store

A massive line formed unexpectedly today at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, observers say. Accounts indicate that at one stage during the day the line was in excess of 60 people long, even though customers can technically visit the shop at any time of day or night, bypassing the large crowds at peak periods. Lines only typically form at the Fifth Avenue store for major launches, such as that of the iPhone.

It remains unclear as to why the line formed, as Apple does not have any special events planned for today, nor does it have any announced product launches scheduled during the next week. Some participants in the line are said to have been confused as to why they were there, while a few claimed to be waiting for a 3G iPhone, even though it is only expected to be revealed at WWDC on June 9th, and shipped later that month.

Apple employees allegedly had to engage in special crowd control, as they were concerned that shoppers might otherwise begin "screaming" at workers, and make it difficult for normal visitors to pass through the aisles.

by MacNN Staff





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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Must be Obama supporters... sheeple...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i wonder

    if it was just some people standing in line to see how many other people they could 'con' into standing in line too. Sort of like getting a group of people to stare at nothing in the sky, which prompts others to look as well....

    Or maybe they know the iPhone is coming out at 5 today!

  1. jfischetti

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it's nothing...

    Looking at the pics, Greg Packer isn't first in line, so it can't tbe for the new phone - Greg would be there!

    I also see women in line which means that they must be having a class on iweb or something.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    prolly just cuz it's memorial day weekend and peeps wanna see what all the fuss is about

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Close Encounters..

    of the Third Kind. Those people started building cubes out of mashed potatoes and bricks. Something in their mind was telling them to come to the Apple Cube and be there before the 3G iPhone landed. The grouping has something to do with the Reality Distortion Field. Who cares, just as long as they all bought some expensive Apple products.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    line ride

    Folks, I hope you've enjoyed the line ride; that'll be $7. Would you like to buy a photo of you enjoying the line ride?

  1. tc1000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    line outside apple store

    what an absolutely FASCINATING story

    You guys should do a follow up piece on how long you have to wait to use the bathrooms downstairs.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I swear I thought I was reading The Onion for a second.

  1. Dark Goob

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No... these were just all the people getting paid by the hour to pick up stuff for their bosses from the Apple store. They formed a Facebook group so they could all decide to go on the same day when it was sunny out and that way there would be a huge line and they could miss a lot of work, but just tell their bosses, "hey see, there was a huge line."Either that or this is just further proof that New York = FAIL.

  1. guzzi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's coming

    The mother ship has been spotted on the other side of the moon. Get on board.

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