(MOSCOW) — A group of people on Tuesday dragged an entire bathtub full of coins to a shopping mall in Moscow to buy an iPhone XS.
A video posted on Instagram early Wednesday showed the young men filling the bathtub before loading it into a Jeep and driving it to the Yevropeisky mall in central Moscow.
The group was able to get the tub to the Apple store after encountering security guards, according to the video that was posted by blogger Svyatoslav Kovalenko.
The tub, filled to the top with thousands of ruble coins, weighed 350 kilograms or 770 pounds, according to Kovalenko, who in his post, dubbed the tub, “The legendary bath of change.”
A public relations representative for the store posted a photograph on Facebook showing staff counting out the coins from the metal bathtub. The Apple spokeswoman, Lyudmila Semushina, wrote that it had contained 100,000 coins, enough to buy a new iPhone XS, which retails for about $1,050 in Russia.
“What is it to be #clientorientated? It’s when a customer decides to do some hype and brings in a bathtub of change to buy an iPhone and the seller calmly and patiently sits down to count out the bath,” Semushina wrote, noting it had taken two hours to finish the counting.
A video posted on YouTube in September that garnered almost 2 million views showed a man buying a iPhone X using an estimated 100 kilograms or 220 pounds of coins.
In another video posted last month, which attracted almost 4 million views, a prankster brought in a bucket apparently filled with small change to buy an iPhone XS. To the staff’s relief, the bucket had a false bottom. The man ended up paying by credit card and giving away his new phone to a little girl.
The new iPhone has attracted intense demand in Russia. In September people camping out overnight to be the first to get hold of the phones. Some Russians reportedly paid thousands of dollars just to secure a place in line on the first day of sales.
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