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Art of waiting for iPhone

More tales from the lines...

It seemed yesterday that there were two kinds of people waiting in line for the iPhone. The person who couldn't explain why they wanted it, except that they just had to have it because they had to be the first. And then there was the kind of person who was very tech savvy and loved Apple products and already knew every detail about the phone.

The three guys who I met yesterday morning at the Pembroke Pines store (in the shopping plaza by Pines Blvd. and 184th) were the latter of the bunch. Lazaro "Laz" Toca, 25, didn't expect to start waiting at noon on Thursday. But when rumors began about lines forming in Sunrise, he called up the Pembroke Pines store to see if there was line, and alas, two people were already waiting. So he grabbed his chair and ran out the door.

But at least he grabbed a chair. Jeffrey Leandre, 22, (and 2nd in line at Pines) didn't bring a chair, and neither did the first guy in line Phil Mondon, 25, who showed up at 8 a.m. yesterday.

Phil told me he didn't even think about bringing a chair or preparing for food and breaks. "Get in line first, ask questions later," he said. But he's now working with a friend to switch off for nap breaks.

At the Sunrise store (near the Sawgrass Mills Mall, across from CompUSA), some people were leaving for hours at a time, using their folding chairs as placeholders. Just like there are understood rules for calling shotgun, there are rules for waiting in line. It's not really camping out if you're going to leave for more than 2 hours. And there should be someone in your party holding your spot if you do leave -- not just a chair. Derek Hicks (who goes by the name of "Country") agreed with that rule. Although he and the rest of the pack at Sunrise were sleeping in their cars -- another rule breaker. If everyone in your party is sleeping in a car, then the whole party loses the spot. At least one person in the party needs to be in the line.

But as in all situations like this, when time gets closer to the doors opening, there are no more potty breaks and no more naps. Because when the lines get to be long, people stop being friendly and start getting bloodthirsty. I would say that time would be around Noon today when the rules of staying by the door get more strict.

"When more than 20 people get here, it starts turning more into a madhouse," Phil at Pines said yesterday. And he's right -- especially for the lines I've seen for things like the day after Thanksgiving sales and for Halo. Will people get trampled? No, because an AT&T spokeswoman told me that they are only letting 10 people in at a time, so it's pointless to rush the door. But if you break the rules of the line and think you can get back into your spot in front, be prepared to fight an angry, cranky mob.

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