Saturday, June 30, 2007

Did you wait in line for the iPhone today?

Well, the mayor of Philadelphia did until he was asked about the murder rate then he got out of line:

Mayor John F. Street abruptly ended his wait in line for an iPhone Friday after a passer-by asked him about the city's murder rate.

Street, who showed up outside an AT&T store at 3:30 a.m., left shortly after a 22-year-old sporting a mohawk asked him, "How can you sit here with 200 murders in the city already?" The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on its Web site.

Street told the man: "I'm doing my job," the newspaper said.
But he did come back and bought it later:
Mayor John F. Street was among the first to get a coveted iPhone on Friday, waiting in line, on and off, for almost 15 hours and forced to defend the effort when a passer-by asked about the city's skyrocketing murder rate.

Street, who said he had been waiting in line outside a downtown AT&T store since 3:30 a.m., was among the first group to enter the store when the high-tech device officially went on sale at 6 p.m. He paid for his new phone with a credit card amid a scrum of media.

"It was worth the wait," Street said. "I'm a gadget guy."

The mayor said he was excited to get the phone. "If it works as good as it looks ... ," he said, his voice trailing off.

When he left the store, Street held the phone above his head to the cheers of about 100 people still in line. He then headed home to activate the phone.

The mayor said the iPhone replaces a top-of-the-line BlackBerry phone he purchased just three months ago.
It kind of makes you wonder what the heck the guy thought the mayor would be able to do about the murder rate, isn't that the police chief's job?