A man who hired homeless people to stand in line overnight at the Pasadena Apple store for the new
The man said his company resells the phones abroad for more than $1,000 each. He told CBS LA he pays the people he hires $20 per phone voucher and provides them with food and cigarettes while they wait in line.
The store caught on to the man and capped his purchases, according to CBS LA. When he exited about 9 a.m. with several bags in his hands, the crowd waiting outside got unruly. People who were in line and hired by the man began fighting with him because they said they weren’t being paid, said Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson.
"It's not a police issue. It's a business issue," he said.
Dominoe Moody, 43, said he was taken to Pasadena from a downtown Los Angeles homeless mission with several vanloads of people to wait in line overnight for the latest iPhone.
Clawson estimated that at least 200 people were outside of the store Friday morning waiting for it to open. The store hired two Pasadena police officers to keep control of the crowd, he said.
"It's not enough to be homeless, then you have people preying on your situation," he said.