Cutting in line at Apple Store?

BoricuaHec01

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So a few friends of mine are going to the Apple Store at 12pm tomorrow hoping to be first. I don't get off work and school until 8pm. I was originally going to Verizon by my house by obviously I'll have a greater chance on getting what I want at the source.

My friends want me to meet them after I get off so it'll be around 9pm. Can I cut in line and wait with them if I get there late and there's a hundred people behind? Will people be butt hurt and start yelling or is this normal during this event?
 

mtneer

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So a few friends of mine are going to the Apple Store at 12pm tomorrow hoping to be first. I don't get off work and school until 8pm. I was originally going to Verizon by my house by obviously I'll have a greater chance on getting what I want at the source.

My friends want me to meet them after I get off so it'll be around 9pm. Can I cut in line and wait with them if I get there late and there's a hundred people behind? Will people be butt hurt and start yelling or is this normal during this event?
While I don't agree with the practise, it is very common for people to cut in line. My local store has a few (mainly Asian) guys lined up at every launch which swells to a couple dozen uncles and cousins magically.
 

mojito

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"Can" you? Yes. MIGHT you get **** for it or even booted to the back of the line, yes. It really depends on the people around you, how far into the line they are, and whatnot... hard to say. Give it a go and hope for the best.
 

westcoastcyc

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Jun 21, 2012
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Is it the right thing to do? No..... Will people do it anyways? Yes..... You might get some people who will yell or want to fight you.. Just be prepared.
 

BoricuaHec01

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Yea I'll for sure feel bad and I would personally be annoyed if I seen someone do it. It's a heavy hipster and yuppie area so those type of people.
 

andyACEcandy

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I'd be pretty pissed, personally.

Put it this way - There will be people who have been there for hours and hours waiting in line. Then to see someone roll up and just cut right in line with their friends without having to wait at all? Yeah, you might get some serious shi* for this... depending on the type of people waiting in line haha

If there's one thing I know, it's to not push peoples' patience.

Why not just give one of your friends the money and have them buy the phone for you? I'm pretty sure it's 2 per customer so one of them should be able to grab one for you.
 

theMaccer

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So a few friends of mine are going to the Apple Store at 12pm tomorrow hoping to be first. I don't get off work and school until 8pm. I was originally going to Verizon by my house by obviously I'll have a greater chance on getting what I want at the source.

My friends want me to meet them after I get off so it'll be around 9pm. Can I cut in line and wait with them if I get there late and there's a hundred people behind? Will people be butt hurt and start yelling or is this normal during this event?
I guess it depends on which side of Chicago you are on.
 

davefromca

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Nov 30, 2011
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You might get murdered.
hahaha what do you mean "might." OP you may want to read some of the ofher threads a LOT of disgruntled pissed off people will be exercising their second amendment rights in these lines

In all seriuosness i would not be cool if i had been there for an hour and peoples "friends" started showing up and cutting in front of me.

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Oh hail naw.
lmao hahahah
 

CrAkD

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Feb 15, 2010
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this is exactly why I refuse to wait in line. 5 hours to store opening your 50th in line. 30 minutes to store opening your 200th in life. F That.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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Honestly, depending on the crowd, people might not notice. Most of the launches I have been to people were cool. last launch a couple went to jail.
 

12vElectronics

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Jul 19, 2013
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I wouldn't do that. Imagine if everyone infront of you did that for their friends. Then when it came to get your phone in the morning there were no more.

And yes, depending on location and crowd, you could literally find yourself in a physical altercation. Not worth it imo.
 

BoricuaHec01

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Sep 17, 2012
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My friend has been doing this since the first iPhone and told me that people do it all the time. He mentioned last year for the 5S that one his buddy's came at 7:45am with no problem lol. I guess you to have a lot of balls cause I don't think I can do it. I'm just going to my local Verizon Store, I should be fine.
 

kcjohn

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Oct 2, 2007
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You might get murdered.
This, no one likes line cutters, No One. Whether it be at an amusement park, traffic, movie theater and especially an iPhone launch. I wouldn't even think about it. For one it's wrong as hell, you might as well be giving the finger to everybody in line behind you. Put in the work, get there early like everybody else.
 

barkomatic

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Aug 8, 2008
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It depends upon the disposition of the people behind you. I would say the longer the line, the more people toward the back might have a problem with you cutting and tipping off an employee.

Generally people like to be treated fairly you know.
 

iamMacPerson

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Jun 12, 2011
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So a few friends of mine are going to the Apple Store at 12pm tomorrow hoping to be first. I don't get off work and school until 8pm. I was originally going to Verizon by my house by obviously I'll have a greater chance on getting what I want at the source.

My friends want me to meet them after I get off so it'll be around 9pm. Can I cut in line and wait with them if I get there late and there's a hundred people behind? Will people be butt hurt and start yelling or is this normal during this event?
Not exactly fair. If you take the last Plus model, the person behind you would be pissed because you cut. Either have someone buy the phone for you or take the day off from work. Your choice.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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My friend has been doing this since the first iPhone and told me that people do it all the time. He mentioned last year for the 5S that one his buddy's came at 7:45am with no problem lol. I guess you to have a lot of balls cause I don't think I can do it. I'm just going to my local Verizon Store, I should be fine.
Ok, so then why are you asking here? Seems for your area you know the answer better than anyone else could possibly know...
 

Lasereyes

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Sep 11, 2014
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You can do it. You'd just be a gigantic ***hole. How would you like if someone did that in front of you? If someone does that tomorrow when I'm lining up, im causing a scene.
 

CrAkD

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Feb 15, 2010
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the ipad 2 launch was pandemonium I almost knocked out a bunch of scalpers. line swelled right before launch all of a sudden im 200th in line and there are scalpers handing out giftcards paying people to buy ipad 2s. by the time I got in there the model I want was sold out and i see scalpers carrying 100s of bags of ipads through the mall. almost ended up in jail that day. I will wait at home don't care that its oct 1st to 6th.
 

miamialley

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My friend has been doing this since the first iPhone and told me that people do it all the time. He mentioned last year for the 5S that one his buddy's came at 7:45am with no problem lol. I guess you to have a lot of balls cause I don't think I can do it. I'm just going to my local Verizon Store, I should be fine.
If I saw it, I'd call it to the lines' attention and totally call you out. Tell the masses where to strike :)

Stores should have a no cutting policy so the line can police itself and people can't justify it.
 

Korican100

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Oct 9, 2012
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you have the balls to even ask this question.

But seriously, this is how you get on the news. I wouldn't do it, hell nah.
 

Bako-MacAddict

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Jun 7, 2012
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If you were cutting me, I would seriously go up to you and tell you to back off! ! Just kidding , it really depends of the people in lime honestly. Good luck my friend :)
 

wolfedude88

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Feb 21, 2013
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Will people get butt hurt? Why wouldn't they?

If they have waited for their spot, why shouldn't you? Everybody works, take off like everybody else there.
 
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