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The Couple Being Paid To Wait In Line

The Couple Being Paid To Wait In Line
Fiji Paralaympics Association members with staff of Asco Motors in Nabua on September 18, 2018. Photo: Nikolau Ravai
September 05
23:25 2014

Tech fans the world over are poised for the big reveal of the new iPhone 6 on September 9.

But some people are turning the event into a business opportunity – by being paid to wait in line outside New York’s flagship Apple Store weeks ahead of the launch.

Jason and Moon Ray, a married couple from Austin, Texas arrived in New York to stand in front of Apple’s store and are being sponsored by a new app company called Video Medicine.

Wearing sponsored Tee-shirts, these professional queuers have waited for as long as three weeks to get their hands on Apple’s newest phone – which won’t actually be released to the public until September 19.

Other Apple enthusiasts are also getting sponsored by tech companies to line up weeks before the release.

Joseph Cruz from Staten Island, NY had arrived the day before, securing the first and second position along with his cousin.

Working with companies for sponsorship, the Apple fans can have their iPhones paid for as long as they agree to wear the branding of the company they are dealing with.

The Rays have come prepared, travelling with a tent, solar panel to charge their phones and sleeping bags.

They are also making use of the local YMCA to shower and use the bathroom.

This isn’t Cruz’s first time either.

He explains: ‘I’m a veteran at this. I have done this every year for the past five years now. The first time I did it for two weeks was last year.’

He adds: ‘Me and my cousin do it for the experience and we know that we’ll get sponsored by companies.

‘They’re basically buying us the new iPhone, paying for our food and we’re advertising their company.”

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