Sydney's iPhone X Line (Of Chairs) Is Being Cleared By Council

Image: @f88 / Twitter

In the days leading up to an iPhone launch, there's always a bit of a crush outside Apple's George Street -- people lining up for the new phone take up room on the pedestrian walkway. This year it's worse than ever, and the city council is stepping in to fix it.

The iPhone X Line In Sydney Has Become A Parody Of Itself

A few days before the Friday launch of the iPhone X, there's a line outside the Apple Store in Sydney. And this one might be the worst one yet, but not for the reasons you might think.

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The line of fold-up camping chairs outside the country's flagship Apple Store has drawn the ire of some city workers and residents, with more than a couple of reports to the @cityofsydney Twitter account. And it seems those reports have borne fruit:

It looks like the City of Sydney coucil is "arranging for" the chairs currently cluttering up the skinny walkway outside the Apple Store to be removed; whether that means the punters waiting in line are going to be asked to dispose of them, or whether council will come through and just chuck them into the bin, remains to be seen.

There are two reasons why this is a Good Thing. The first is that, with the ongoing construction work of Sydney's light rail corridor along George Street, there's barely any room for people to walk down that section of pavement at the best of times. The second is that, in every photo we've seen, those chairs aren't even being used. You can't just leave a chair in a public thoroughfare for a week and expect to get an iPhone for your trouble.

Update: So at the moment, maybe half of the chairs are occupied. If you read into the council's response on Twitter, it seems likely that rangers will ask the people in line to get rid of the "furniture" -- because they're pretty obviously blocking the way -- but won't try to disperse the line.

We've contacted the City for comment and will update if we hear back.


City of Sydney has said that it will remove the chairs and milk crates:

The City of Sydney has an obligation to ensure our footpaths are accessible for everyone. Our rangers are working with Apple Store management to arrange for the immediate removal of chairs and milk crates that have been left outside their George Street store. These chairs are obstructing the busy footpath that is already affected by nearby light rail construction.

Any chairs or crates that are not claimed by the Apple store will be removed and placed in storage in the City’s Bay Street Depot where they can be collected. Anyone wishing to collect their chairs should contact the City’s customer service line on 02 9265 9333.




    Well that's very interesting, because when the tent city was erected in Martin Place, Clover Moore said she had no authority to remove it, and hand balled responsibility back to the police, who also declared they had no authority to move people/property on.

      Pretty much an unoccupied chair on a sidewalk is just trash.
      An occupied tent is not.

      So basically what you're saying is that you think a shanty town of the poorest and most desperate homeless people is the same as the people lining up to spend 1800 dollars on a new iPhone?

        yep thats exactly what he said.

        clear as day.

        get a life.


          If you can read so far into what was originally said, so as to construe that @deevee is attacking homeless, you need to have a good long hard look at yourself.

          Stop looking for reasons to be offended and outraged.

            LOL were you offended and outraged by a downvote? ;)

              What a valid and witty retort, well done.

              On a side note, also completely different scenarios.

              Clever boy

        The way laws are generally meant to apply is that they are the same for everyone.

          If you've been online in the last year you'll know that's sadly no longer the case...

    I don't know whichI hate more, the non progressing construction work in the CBD or the apple zombie lines

    - First world country = people lining up for days for an iPhone

    - Third world country = people going without food for days...

    It's baffling such events occur globally...

      Says they guy in a first world country probably using an iPhone. What are you doing to help?

        Text without context is pretext, and no I don't have an iPhone.

          So the answer is nothing but you whinge about it anyway. If you care so much do something.

            Sadly, they are actually bragging about how they are in the former and not the latter.

            Sad. Very sad.. that you thought you were so superior with your pathetic comment.

            Its like the people who complain about rich people spending money on things saying they should instead donate it to the poor. Yet they themselves dont donate anything to charity.

    Oh I do, and I'm not whinging, just making any observation.

    Seems like someone is cranky, did you loose your spot in the waiting line?

    Dammit.. I was going to rock up on launch day and cut right in front of the first in line.. Bahaha get an Android.. They're delivered and deliver 3 years ahead of Apple.

    Why doesn't Apple let them queue up inside?

      Because f*%&k'em, that's why!

    Umm. Screw the poor screw everyone. Where in Australia and the poor is not our dam problem. It’s the global elites. And they don’t plan on changing it. So stuff to poor and go me me me.I’ll be lining up this afternoon to get mine. Even if it kills me literally get a life you winging losers. Poor people can rot for all I care. I want the dam phone right now

    but those poor soon to be iphone owners.

    Now they'll have to que in line...shock horror... themselves!

    wait, you mean if you que up for something, you can't use an inanimate object and need to line up it in person?

    Sydney has rangers? Are they at the Walker Texas Ranger end of the scale, or the Power Ranger end?

    these people should be snapped up and taken for a mental assessment, it obviously is a serious problem of the mind that would make a person behave like this for a small computer. if people would hust spit and throw rubbish in them they might realise the trash they truely are

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