Police detained three people after a fight erupted outside a Pasadena, Calif., Apple Store where a crowd waited overnight for release of the new iPhone.
Police Lt. Jason Clawson says two men were arrested about 7:30 a.m. Friday after getting into a fistfight while in line along Colorado Boulevard. They face misdemeanor citations.
Clawson says a third man was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold after running into the street in an enraged state. Clawson says it appears the man may have been among several homeless men who were taken by bus from "Skid Row" to Pasadena and hired to stand in line for iPhone claim tickets. KABC-TV reported that they had been promised $20 for each ticket.
KABC-TV talked to the man behind the scheme who did not wish to be identified.
"I buy phones and I resell them...for a lot more," he said. "It's not illegal. It's not against the law. I'm buying them at full retail price."
When Apple learned of the man's plan, they refused to sell him more than about a dozen phones. He in turn, refused to pay the homeless men he initially hired. That's when the brawl erupted. The man behind the scheme was confronted by the crowd and officers had to escort him to safety.
"All I know is we sat here and now we're not being paid," said one person.
"I want my forty dollars now," said Anthony Sorrels, who was also among those taken to Pasadena.
No significant injuries were reported.