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The Most Embarrassing SMH Moments From iPhone 6 Lines Around the World

This guy. Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/2014 Getty Images

Unlike the Cronut (remember the Cronut?), one could preorder a new iPhone online and even have it delivered in a reasonable amount of time. And yet, here we are again, forced to collectively shake our collective heads at the poor souls waiting through the night, on the damp sidewalk, for a chance to pay hundreds of dollars for a comically oversize iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — in the case of one young man in Perth, Australia, only to drop it.

It doesn’t get much more cringe-y than that. But don’t put it past people to try.

Someone in line, apparently, could not hold it any longer:

Given the anecdote above, it may not be surprising to hear that these things skew male. Here’s a view from Apple’s Covent Garden store in London, “a veritable sausage party”:

But, because capitalism, we often treat fellow customers with nothing better to do than wait like heroes. Here’s the first guy to buy one in London:

Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/2014 Getty Images

He’s like the LeBron James of buying an iPhone:

Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/2014 Getty Images

In New York City, lines stretched for blocks, and people slept in boxes:

Others were more concerned with comfort:

Even in the age of Seamless, people wanted to make their camping trip, however trivial, seem authentic:

But, as always, the real winners — or, some would say, supreme assholes — are the ones lining not Apple’s pockets, but their own:

Embarrassing SMH Moments From iPhone 6 Lines