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Well, what to make of this? A man walks into an Apple Store in Santa Monica, asks for a 2.66GHz MacBook Pro, and suddenly security gets thrown into high alert. Beware the "forerunner," my friends.


The full video, wherein Owen JJ Stone recounts his odd encounter, can be found here. Apparently when he walked up to two employees requesting that specific laptop, one said the word "forerunner," and things got a little tense:

When she said, "forerunner," the gentleman touched his ear, and uh, then the security guard came up to the middle of the register, two people went and stood by the door, people were standing around me, and I'm like "Dude, do think I'm gonna steal this Macbook?"

And he's like, "Oh, no, no, no."

Strange days.

According to Consumerist commenters with more retail experience than I have, the fact that Stone said he was "in a hurry" probably raised red flags. Or maybe they wanted to save him from buying a new MacBook Pro so close to a Core i5/i7 refresh?


As commenters below have pointed out, the Apple Store employee may have been saying "floor runner," requesting help to get an item from the back. That makes some sense! Although it woudn't explain people moving to stand by the door or a security guard coming up to the register.

In any event, I think the important thing is that we all know now to say "forerunner" as many times as possible on our next trips to the Apple Store. [OhDocta via Consumerist]

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