This Apple Store in a Denver mall will likely collect enough sales tax during the last 10 days of this month to pay the full salaries of a few city cops.
Two weeks from today, the Apple store in Denver's Cherry Creek shopping center is likely to collect enough sales tax in just a few hours to pay the entire year's salary of one of Denver's city employees.
This assertion assumes, of course, that the iPhone 5 will go on sale across Europe and the United States on September 21 and that it will sell like... well, like an iPhone (the device sells much better than hotcakes these days).
I was curious just how much of a single-day boost all those huge lines at Apple stores on iPhone release day give to local government coffers, so I made some calls yesterday morning.
First, I called Apple's media team to see if they might offer some ballpark single-store sales figures. This seemed like the kind of feel-good local economic development story that might actually prompt a timely return call. No such luck almost 24 hours later.
Next, I called the nearest Apple store at Albuquerque (N.M.) Uptown. I tried the honest approach: "I'm a... [Read more]