Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – A True Story Told in Tweets

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy So, sometimes, waiting around stinks. I got to the Apple Store a bit early for an appointment to see if they could fix my iPhone (hint: they couldn’t help me replace it, because I’m a business customer, and evidently, I have to deal with the AT&T store for that). I had some time to kill and I landed on a conversation between a prospective customer looking at an iPhone, and an Apple store employee.

This entire story is true. It was first live-tweeted on Thursday, July 9th, and took place at the Apple Store at the Maine Mall in Portland. Here the story is, in its entirety, in little bite sized chunks.

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy

Guy across from me is GRILLING the iPhone guy, and the questions suggest he’s recently arrived at this planet. “I can CALL people?”

Guy grilling the iPhone guy – “Wait. Can you find my HOUSE on this?” Not kidding. “Go down the street a little. That’s Bill’s house!”

Guy grilling the iPhone guy – “Now, if this thing could take PICTURES and upload them, now that would change EVERYTHING.”

Guy grilling the iPhone guy – “I wonder how often they CHANGE those photos?” (google maps streetview).

Guy grilling the iPhone guy – “Now, is sending email COSTLY?” (I’m half laughing, half ready to Taze him.

Guy grilling the iPhone guy – “Would you DEMO sending an email? I want to see if I get it.” (I’m SURE he won’t buy this.)

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “So, you just TOUCH it to type? That’s CURIOUS!” – I want to take him to Hot Topic next. “Piercings?”

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “So, what is the BIGGEST question people ask you about the iPhone?” iPhone Guy: “yours?”

iPhone guy to Griller – “My Dad, who’s probably older than YOU, really loves it. They LOVE it. THey won’t stop touching it.”

Guy Grilling the iPhone guy – “So, on a regular phone, I can’t get all this information. I feel like I’ll save money with this.” Um…

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “Let’s just say I want to call my friend Chris. Do I have to set up a contact, or can I just say, Call Chris?”

(I’m a little weirded out that he said Chris, but it turns out the iPhone Guy’s name tag says Chris.)

Guy Grilling the iPhone is now TALKING to the iPhone like Scotty in Star Trek 4. “Hello Computer!”

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “Hey, what about covers for these? Can I buy covers?” (Standing in front of WALL o’ “covers.”

God’s Truth, I am NOT making this up.

Guy Grilling the iPhone – “So what’s the warrantee cover? For example, can I just blow this thing up and get a new one?” (pyroguy?)

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “How long do you think this thing will live?” iPHone Guy- “I left mine on the roof of my car, and its okay.”

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “Do you have a repair shop out back?” followed quickly with, “And if I just want to make a call?” (???)

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “How MANY people can I call at once? 10?” (He’s evidently also very convivial.)

Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy – “Text messages. Huh. Now what’s this? Is this… is this an email?” iPhone guy looks SO earnest.

Guy Grilling the iPhone guy is now back in Google Maps trying to find other friends he knows. iPhone guy is pretending this is useful.

Guy Grilling the iPhone guy – “Look! There’s that castle!” So he’s googlemapping Scotland?

LAST Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy update – wait for it – … he did NOT buy the iPhone. iPhone Guy didn’t bat an eye.

Yep, that’s the whole story, start to end. It was about one hour tops in length. I tweeted the whole thing live from a Macbook Pro on display in the Apple store. I almost got caught twice because my shoulders were jerking from laughing a bit too obviously.

Ah, life. There is absolutely no caloric value in this story, but it was fun to do.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Smith/1565865129 Chuck Smith

    I saw this tweet stream live and was Rolling.

  • http://www.madefordenim.com/ Eric

    Thanks for making Sunday a little lighter Chris! I felt like I was reliving every single technology conversation I've ever had with my parents. Very funny!

  • huangqin
  • SaraKate

    This made me laugh quite hard. It was a cute story. Props to the iPhone guy for not batting a lash and making the experience good for the dude grilling him, as well as entertaining (and not dramatic or a huge annoyance) to you or other customers!

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  • Me

    I actually look at this a different way. I APPLAUD the guy for stepping out of his comfort zone and seeking out new technologies — even though all you “snarky” types think it is hysterical when people ask questions about things.

  • http://deanholmes.me deanholmes

    LMAO Love this Apple Reality Show…like listening to the old radio when TV's didnt exist.

  • http://deanholmes.me deanholmes

    The Griller had Bluetooth Hearing Aids and was asking these types of questions about the iPhone?

  • kat

    and then he went home to continue making a beautiful piece of art work
    or bring his grandson fishing

    iphone my ass
    you're all a bunch of “we're so cools”
    :P~~

    -kat brogan

  • http://www.youthedesigner.com/contest/ UPrinting

    Oh my God that's hilarious!
    Guy Grilling the iPhone Guy: “So, what is the BIGGEST question people ask you about the iPhone?”
    iPhone Guy: “yours?”
    - This is the best question he gave. And the best retort from the iPhone guy. :D
    Well, I can't blame him. Sometimes people get intimidated around new gadgets that they pretend like that they don't know how to use it. Otherwise, this guy is just completely clueless.

  • cherilhendry

    OMG, this is absolutely hilarious. And I'm afraid I know a few people like this. Hey, free entertainment Chris! One hour of laughs at no charge!

  • http://www.drdrip.com.au/plumbing-sydney/bondi.php Plumber North Sydney

    OMG I was really Laughing Hard ,
    I think I also Meet With Some of those kind Of People,i was not selling them but they saw my blackberry thunder and wanted to know What features it had

  • http://twitter.com/mortgageangel Jill Korenaga

    Very entertaining. Great post. And you got away with it!

  • backgarage

    The ironic thing is that that whole situation was set up as an ad: the Apple store knew who you were, that you were coming in, and that you are heavy into Twitter. So they set up this situation, with actors, that you couldn't HELP but Tweet about, and you advertised for them — dropping the word iPhone into the Twittersphere at least 28 times in one hour. Man, marketing really is getting sneaky these days.

  • http://twitter.com/FitJerk FJ

    Is that perfectly round teal ball in the background the guy asking these ridiculous questions? Because he's got some SERIOUS caloric value that needs to be taken care of.

    Wonder if those were his real friends or if he found the iPhone a useful tool for his stalking needs.

  • http://twitter.com/FitJerk FJ

    Is that perfectly round teal ball in the background the guy asking these ridiculous questions? Because he's got some SERIOUS caloric value that needs to be taken care of.

    Wonder if those were his real friends or if he found the iPhone a useful tool for his stalking needs.

  • marfi

    I do not find it funny, probably because of my background in support, or simply because we can not expect everyone on the planet to be a geek guy eager to explore and knowing everything in advance :) Good description though :)