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The British authorities have told two of Blighty's most passionate Apple fanbois to remove a "shanty town shack" they have constructed outside London's Regent Street Apple Store. Two diehard Apple nuts set up camp outside the fruity firm's UK flagship shop yesterday in hope of being the first to pick up the new iPhone 5S when it …

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Spot the difference?

owns various important bits of UK real estate including the seabed round the British isles - and Regent Street

Given how wet it was last night, I'm surprised they could tell the difference...

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I'm glad they have so much time on their hands

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"Dude, you're a barista"

That is all.

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Re: "Dude, you're a barista"

And even that is a made up name for 'works in a cafe'...

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Dude, I'm a barrister. Sure I'll make you coffee. My fees are £600 an hour, plus annual retainer and refresher payments.

For the lack of a wig icon, I think I'll get my coat.

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Queuing already?

One thought comes to mind: "Sad B*****ds"

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No sadder that the sad bastard (or the sad bastards that upvote said sad bastard) that comments about them on a website aimed at nerds...

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Really?

The big diference is that we don't have to wait outside in the rain for 5 days to mock the sad cases

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Yes but they like being in the rain.

Not really any sadder in the grand scheme of things than sitting outside watching a man try to hit a red ball with a plank for 5 days.

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Point taken, but are these any sadder than all the "must-have-on-first-night" GTA v purchasers?

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@JDX - you are going to be one of the first against the wall!

Do they even do I-Phones for uncovered pitches?

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>One thought comes to mind: "Sad B*****ds"

That's no way to speak to our esteemed legal profession.

True, sitting outside in the rain waiting for a phone makes no sense either.

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Never really get the hostility, a group of similar minded people who have some spare time decide to spend time together waiting for something they enjoy/want... Often while enjoying one another's company, drinking, eating, and relaxing...

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At least you can buy and consume beer whilst you watch cricket with no hassle whatsoever.

Drinking outside the Apple store would likely annoy people even more.

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But you are sat on your own in front of a computer mocking people who are actually doing something. Whether you think it's worthwhile is neither here not there. They are making friends and enjoying themselves, while you are in a room on your own being a judgemental prick. How dare they like something you don't.

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Jesus Christ

Talk about first world problems!

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And what a completely pointless waste of time and energy for all concerned.

Is it beyond someone to come up with a better system, rather than having customers physically park themselves outside the shop for days, waiting for a completely arbitrary date & time when they have to physically walk through a door? Just thinking about it shows just how ridiculous the whole charade is.

Apple is supposed to be a tech company, but is reliant on a stupid and outdated method of throttling initial market demand.

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"Is it beyond someone to come up with a better system"

You can walk into any carphone warehouse the next day and pick one up at your leisure...

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Yes, but do the Carphone warehouse boys give you High Fives and go Whoop whoop whoop whoop as you leave the store...

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You can walk into any carphone warehouse the next day and pick one up at your leisure...

You can also be a normal user and buy the thing one or two months later - and that's not limited to Apple kit. That way you are assured of supply, get a device that has at least made a start with getting debugged and you don't have to spend time in a queue when you wander into a shop - it's my pet hate.

This whole "queueing outside" is either for making hype, or for people falling prey to it. Neither interests me much. Just give me the device. It's that and the eternal court cases that is making me consider alternatives, however much I like the kit.

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Queueing? What a quaint notion. Fortunately there are no queues on-line ;-)

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And what a completely pointless waste of time and energy for all concerned.

Is it beyond someone to come up with a better system, rather than having customers physically park themselves outside the shop for days, waiting for a completely arbitrary date & time when they have to physically walk through a door?

To be fair to Apple, they will have it delivered to you on release day, if you order online in time. Or you can reserve at a store, if you're so sad you have to have the thing on day 1, so can pick it up where you work, at luch time.

To not be fair to Apple, they've apparently applied for the license for this tent for the last 4 years, making these poor saps basically unpaid marketing fodder for the Cult-of-JobsTM. But then they seem to be perfectly willing to get wet in this cause, so who am I to interfere with their 'fun'. Even if it does make me want to beat a bit of sense into them.

So they get to be first and get their 15 minutes of fame, care of lazy/bored journalists with copy to file. Apple get to look cool (or more realistically weird), especially when their staff start whooping and high-fiving. And everyone else gets to go, "what the hell is going on with some people?", and shake their heads sadly at the state of the world...

Do the staff in the UK stores really do all this high-fiving and whooping? I can understand the US doing it, they're less grumpy and cynical than us, but you'll notice that Wal-Mart did not introduce the Wal-Mart Cheer when they took over ASDA. Although apparently they did when they started up a chain in Germany. I have this mental image of all these poor Germans being forced to raise their hands and fist-pump while mumbling "Go Wal-Mart! Go Wal-Mart!" And I'm going to resist all temptation to make any bad-taste jokes here, I'll leave that to Basil Fawlty...

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Meh, I don't have any issue with it myself. If they're in front of the Apple store and both staff and fanbois are having fun, what's the harm? I imagine there's quite a few regulars that meet up and talk at these queue gatherings.

Besides, if someone is obsessive enough to queue outside a shop for four days for a phone, wouldn't it be better to know where they are?

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Re: no queues on-line

Ever tried getting tickets for Glastonbury?

Sitting in front of a PC for an hour, waiting to be served before being told they have sold out, sure feels like a bloody queue to me.

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It is however, a queue in the warm and dry, with hot and cold running coffee and biscuits.

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And most importantly, Toilet Paper.....( and somewhere private in which it can be used)

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hot and cold running coffee and biscuits.

There's something wrong with your biscuits.

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That's literally* an hour, too, given last year's nightmare.

*that's literally in the literal sense, not the OED sense.

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There is a better system. It's already used by Disney parks and some automobile registration offices in Texas.

You get a ticket saying the wait is x minutes long. When it gets to be near that time, you go back to the queue. The wait may be hours when you first get your ticket, but you only need to spend a few minutes physically standing in a queue.

This doesn't give you bragging rights with other fans. It also doesn't give you the chance to show the world the lengths you will go to for your iThingie by your presence on a sidewalk for days in the rain. It would deprive Apple of the free extra publicity.

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That ain't strictly true of course as sheeple wanting to get Glastonbury tickets usually find out .. just like the middleclasses wanting Olympics tickets last year.

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hot and cold running coffee and biscuits.

There's something wrong with your biscuits.

No, they're gingerbread men.

Hmmm, better get me coat.

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"putting the structure of the tent up, but not mounting the fabric on top of it"

What rebels

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How sad

But then I will be going to Game on the 29th on November, but I will not be queueing!

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Going to Game and not queuing? In which mythical world do you live?. I don't think I've ever been to a Game shop and not seen a queue for the checkout. It's like they want their customers to get peeved off and go order online.

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Why, what's going on at the end of November ? Apologies for not being bang up to date with every minor event on the retail calendar, but I have life.....

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It's the release of PS4 and Xbox One :)

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all those who downvoted the posts about queueing should mark the end of Nov in their diaries so that they can carry on the good work of downvoting any and all queuers.

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Sod it, I'm popping into Tesco's on the way home and not only am I going to down vote anyone queuing, I'm going to tut at them whilst crossing my arms over my chest and tapping a foot in their direction.

Queue-rs - pfft.

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23 year old estate agent

Hasn't he got an overpriced house to sell someone?

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Pretty much proves my theory I have about estate agents.

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He's probably holding up some house sale... But at least those concerned now know where to find him, which is a step of from searching all the local golf courses.

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That's not fair to estate agents. They do the initial hard-sell. It's the conveyancers and lawyers whose job it is to hold up the sale for no reason whatsoever...

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He'll be selling off the tent as soon as he's got his iFruit.

Charming, compact, central London Property. Views of vibrant city life included. Offers in region of 1.1 mil.

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"Charming, compact, central London Property. Views of vibrant city life included. Offers in region of 1.1 mil."

Bet he keeps schtum about the neighbours

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Trin Tragula......

.... had a sense of perspective.

These two t1t5 seem to have lost this completely. This is 'phone we're talking about here, not the worlds first brain transplant, of a water powered car, or proof of sentient life on Mars, or a perpetual motion machine.

It's a 'phone. OK, less copper wire than Bell or Meucci had foreseen.....

But a 'phone none the less.

Idiots.

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Re: Trin Tragula......

Other shops sell iDevices on launch day, and they don't have queues of fanbois waiting in line. They could go to one of them if they really can't wait. Carphone Warehouse for example is just round the corner in Oxford Street.

There are companies with names such as "rent a crowd" that supply people to queue for events such as this. There is however no evidence that Apple has engaged the services of one of these companies.

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...Rent a crowd...

One way to get a part on the West End.

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Does anyone else think the Apple Marketers are losing thier grip?

You can see them being paid to do this by Apple. [Don't knock the idea. It worked wonders in the past.]

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"Carphone Warehouse for example is just round the corner in Oxford Street."

Would you really want to buy anything at Carphone Whorehouse? The phones are one thing but being badgered into buying well overpriced accessories and unnecessary insurance grates.

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