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Apple iPhone: Fights As Homeless Hired To Queue
A plan to hire homeless people to queue overnight outside a store for the new iPhone backfired when several of them were arrested for fighting.
Chaos erupted outside the shop in Pasadena, California, after van-loads of residents from a shelter in downtown Los Angeles were paid to camp out for the phones.
Television news footage showed police breaking up several scuffles and calming down furious customers.
Two of the homeless men were arrested for fighting, while a third was detained on a 72-hour mental health watch after running into the street in an enraged state.
The businessman who hired the men was then mobbed by some of the recruits after a further row broke out about payment.
Dominoe Moody, 43, told the Los Angeles Times he was driven 10 miles to Pasadena from LA with several van-loads of people to wait in line overnight.
Mr Moody was promised $40 but said he wasn't paid because his "employer" was escorted away by police when people became angry with him.
"It didn't go right. I stood out here all night," Mr Moody told the newspaper, adding that he had no way to get back to Los Angeles.
The businessman was not arrested because he did nothing illegal, police officer Lt Jason Clawson said.
No significant injuries were reported.
Police estimated that at least 200 people were on the sidewalk outside the store overnight. Some had been there for several days.
Apple's new iPhone models, the 5S and 5C, were released worldwide on Friday.
The handsets are already being offered for sale on eBay for as much as £2,000.