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By now, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that folks are willing to camp out in the summer heat to grab the latest Apple gadget. Heck, in the case of the iPhone 4, it might not even be a bad idea, considering the nightmare pre-order situation for the device, which is currently fetching as much as $5,000 on eBay. Apple’s latest whiz-bang gizmo officially has its first line-sitter, and this time it’s not in New York City.
MacRumors is reporting that Dallas, Texas can claim the first sighting of an iPhone 4 camper outside the Apple Store there, as first noted by DallasNews.com. Justin Wagoner, a self-proclaimed “very determined fan,” set up his tent and chair on Thursday, a full week before the iPhone 4 goes on sale nationwide (and in a handful of international locales) on June 24.
After some discussion of Wagoner’s campout hit the MacRumors forums, the man in question took to the Interwebs to set the record straight about why he was doing it.
“Some would say I am crazy, but I say I'm a very determined fan,” Wagoner writes. “In fact I just might be one the biggest Apple fans you will actually meet. I have been the first customer for this store since 2008 when the iPhone 3G was released.
“Normally I only camp out over night, but since I do not work due to the fact I am disabled with a seizure disorder and I am not in school at the point, I figure I just make it a fun experience and do it for a week.”
Even zanier than camping out a week ahead of time, it turns out that Wagoner actually has his device on reserve already: “Yes, I did reserve a phone, but again, I'm doing it for a fun experience. I haven't had a trip or vacation in past 10 years so I figured I make it a full week camping trip.
“My setup and location has everything I could need to live for a week, even in the Texas heat,” Wagoner concludes. “Tent is packed with a sleeping gear, a chair, full ice chest of drinks and food, and the Apple staff have been very nice to me treating me like a king. LOL I also brought a extension power cord for phone charging and things that need power. There is even a portable toilet around the back of the store if needed.”
Surprisingly, New York City wasn’t the first location to get an iPhone 4 line sitter, as in previous years. We wish Justin good luck down there in the Texas heat -- stay hydrated, buddy!
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