iPhone 5 fan bids to land first handset, gets £40,000-worth of freebies
A refuse collector has binned the day job... to live off free goods. Rob Shoesmith spends his time getting his hands on handouts – and has so far blagged £40,000 worth of gear.
The 29-year-old has been given everything from scented candles and aftershave to use of a £20,000 Chevrolet car, £800 worth of outdoor gear and food from top restaurants.
The freebie grabbing is part of a publicity stunt while he camps outside London’s flagship Apple store to be first in line for the new iPhone 5 later this year.
While stationed outside the Covent Garden branch for about three weeks, he will use his popular blog to promote companies that donate products and services to help him survive the experience.
‘The postman doesn’t like me right now,’ he said, ‘Something’s coming through every day at the moment.’
Rob, from Coventry, made headlines two years ago when his design for an iPhone application was picked for a competition.
He quit working as a binman three weeks ago to work full-time as a marketing executive for Medl Mobile, which makes apps for Apple phones.
The stunt will also help him build contacts with the thousands of companies he has emailed for free goods.
He said: ‘People might look at this and say that I’m being greedy but I want to prove that it can be done in the most over-the-top way.’
He plans to donate reusable items to charity when his experiment is over.