Warne turned up at the San Francisco Apple store braving eight degree Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) cold, noting his surprise both at how short the queue of iPad-hunters was on arrival, and then how swiftly it grew to over 200 hopefuls.
Yet, when it came to Warne's turn to hand over his hard-earned for one of Steve Jobs' latest must-have gadgets, he was let down - not by Apple, not by his own bank balance, not even by the complex infrastructure of global inter-banking connections.
His transaction was repeatedly declined. Being 3am on Sunday Australia time Warne battled to find someone at the National Australia Bank (NAB) who would take his call. Eventually he made it through to the 24-hour lost-cards line.
The operator explained there was no problem with Dan Warne's card. While such a problem would be frustrating and embarrassing, a reasonable explanation would have to be accepted and acknowledged.
The truth was worse in my opinion; the entire NAB systems - card transactions, Internet and telephone banking - were down. The reason the operator gave was that they were down deliberately 'for daylight savings.'
Any reasonable person can appreciate the problems daylight savings causes for transaction-based systems. You can have transactions occurring at 2:01am, 2:59am, then 2:01am again, for instance.
In the industry I work in during my 'day job' we have many skilled workers punching in attendance at time clocks. We always need to cater for the fact someone who works across the daylight savings split is due an additional hour's wages and this is coded into timeclock and payroll software.
I felt Warne's pain at waiting in line for something he keenly wanted and then having his card declined through no fault of his own. After I digested that, I felt a secondary twinge of discomfort - because, to be honest, it truly bugs me that in this day and age there are organisations who need downtime to cater for what is, frankly, a predictable event.
If the NAB told Warne an unexpected outage occurred that'd be bad enough but that happens; you can get over it and you know in your own business you sometimes have unfortunate events that prevent you giving the level of service you would prefer.
However, to require downtime to cater for something which happens each and every year on dates known years in advance genuinely stuns me.
In fact, it even raises the question of whether the NAB does deal with the issue of daylight savings or just avoid it by turning everything off over that magical repeated hour so they have no out-of-order transactions.
Imagine being left without funds and without explanation because your bank chose to ignore an issue rather than deal with it?
In my industry we deal with it. We make it work. We don't tell our workers and our clients we can't supply labour for that hour.
Then again, we don't charge our clients for the privilege of being clients either.