A 24-year-old international student from China, identified as Anna, breaks into tears as she leaves the queue for the iPhone 6 at Apple’s flagship Sydney store around 10 a.m. Friday local time (8 p.m. Thursday EDT) after police say that she may be arrested if she does not remove herself from the George Street area for six hours. She has been queuing for over 24 hours to buy two 4.7-inch handsets, but became worried that she may not reach the front of the line as the number of customers in front of her rose to 180 from about 80 overnight after people joined their friends in the queue. She stepped out of line several times to see if someone would sell her a handset at an affordable price, after people in the queue offered to sell her the phones at inflated rates including more than twice the price. She says it is unfair that ‘true’ Apple fans like her miss out, implying others are trying to profit from the high demand for the product:
I just feel so excited by the iPhone but the shop did nothing [to stop people pushing in]. It’s a waste of my heart, waste of my love.
She says Apple could have allocated number cards to ensure people could not jump in front of those who had been waiting longer.