As they say, if an Apple fan queues up for three days and no one is around to see it, did it happen?
A 28-year-old American named Steve Burt stood (and slept) in line for three days outside Taiwan’s first Apple Store, in order to be the first in line when it opened on July 1.
Naturally, his antics, which included slipping a note through the glass door to staff inside, and getting kicked out by security, got the attention of the Taiwan media.
He also documented the three-day wait in a video for local content creator Stop Kiddin’ Studio.
In the video, he’s seen standing at the entrance clutching his 2008 MacBook, which he said he is deeply attached to.
"I’ve had this one all the best years in my life," he says.
Image: DAVID CHANG/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
He’s also seen joking with local press — although it’s debatable if they were amused. Burt says in response a question on which Apple products he likes: "Apple wood smoked bacon."
He told Mashable he was also kicked out of the Taipei 101 mall at one point. "I was woken up by a security guard with a loud voice telling me [that] I can’t stay there.
"I was too groggy to tell him about the Apple Store thing…I just got a cab home."
He added that he spent most of the time waiting in line shooting videos, and talking about other funny videos he could make. "I ate a few times in the cafeteria, listened to music, [and tried] to explain to my mom why I was doing this."
Finally, the store opened, and Burt was greeted with the classic Apple Store welcome:
Sadly, Burt couldn’t get his dead MacBook fixed.
"They couldn’t do anything then and there for it, it was slightly complicated to explain, and a bit crowded," he said.
It’s not the longest wait for a new Apple offering — a number of people have held that record, with some waiting 10 days for the latest iPhone — but it’s still a notable one.
The launch of a store in Taiwan comes right after Apple’s Southeast Asian flagship store opened in Singapore, and a planned South Korean store in Seoul.
Image: AFP/Getty Images
Kid rocking a new Apple tee at the Taiwan Apple Store opening.