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Man offers to legally change name for a ticket to Apple’s WWDC

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:24PM EST

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Apple announced on Wednesday that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will take place from June 11th through June 15th this year in San Francisco, California. The company made tickets available at around 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, and they were sold out within two hours, likely before most West Coast-based developers even woke up. Tickets are not transferable this year and as such, developers who didn’t manage to secure a ticket don’t have many options. One man, however, found a way around Apple’s restrictions.

An anonymous developer on Wednesday posted a want ad on Craigslist. Under the headline, “I will legally change my name to yours for a WWDC ticket – $1600,” the San Francisco-based man offered any takers as much as $2,100 plus other services in exchange for a ticket to the conference, which costs $1,600 when purchased directly from Apple. Because tickets are not transferable, the man said he would also legally change his name, thus allowing him to use the ticket.

In addition to the name-change and $1,600, the man offered a number of perks. As he and any potential taker will share a name once the transaction is complete, the eager developer has agreed to perform jury duty, handle tasks at the department of motor vehicles and perform up to 40 hours of court-ordered community service in place of the ticket holder. He also offered a $500 bonus if the ticket holder’s first name is Jebodiah.

Apple’s developer conference this year will offer more than 100 sessions focused on developing for the iOS and OS X platforms. Apple will also likely unveil new products during its keynote on June 11th, though a new iPhone is not expected to be announced until later this year.

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