Strikingly Stupid Saturday


Do you read the terms and conditions? Probably not. No one does. And so, inevitably, 22,000 people have now found themselves legally bound to 1000 hours of community service, including, but not limited to, cleaning toilets at festivals, scraping chewing gum off the streets and “manually relieving sewer blockages”.

The (hopefully) joke clause was inserted in the terms and conditions of Manchester-based wifi company Purple for a period of two weeks, “to illustrate the lack of consumer awareness of what they are signing up to when they access free wifi”. The company operates wifi hotspots for a number of brands, including Legoland, Outback Steakhouse and Pizza Express.

Purple also offered a prize for anyone who actually read the terms and conditions, and flagged up the “community service clause”. Just one person claimed it.

It’s no surprise that people will agree to anything to get free wifi. In 2014, cybersecurity firm F-Secure ran a similar experiment in London, operating a wifi hotspot that anyone could use – in exchange for their firstborn child. The so-called “Herod clause” was clearly stated in the terms and conditions, and six people still signed up. Though it’s not clear how many of them simply dislike their eldest children.

@ TG

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18 Responses to Strikingly Stupid Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Climate alarm bells are ringing under the oceans:


  2. Micki says:

    jimhitchcock says:
    July 14, 2017 at 11:46 PM
    That would make for one psychotic ant farm.


    Right you are! 😉


    • Den says:

      I’m not a fan of doom even though I know we are.

      Next time make humans smarter and less greedy…

      Humanity, merchants of death to all living things, even the planet, *sigh*


  3. Den says:

    To the topic:


  4. Den says:

    The hilarity portion:


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Mrs. Flycatcher needs a given name. The naming contest is open through Sunday late.

    Have at it!


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Just 24 minutes to the Old Post Office despite the high 80s temperature. Maybe because of the thunderstorm late last night the red floribunda put on a new display of roses.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Round trip was 52 minutes, not shabby. A pair of quail and then a triplet of crows.

      Day 7: 370+52=422 minutes.


  7. Den says:

    Why did the LLamas jaywalk across the road?

    They couldn’t push the walk buttons at the corner:


  8. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Late start, nothing ever goes according to plan, but here I am.

    Pete, Sara & Nicholas came over around 6:00 p.m. Pete brought his weed whacker, an electric model which he plugged in and used around my bonfire pit so I can burn soon. I was afraid I’d catch that hill on fire.\

    After they left, I walked out to look at the job again. Bonfire pit good, Honey Locust near it good, I can finally remove the rocks I put around the tree. Weed choked, hard to take care. Would rather had the tractor mow around the tree.

    THEN I noticed the weeds around my toilet by the telephone pole near the house, NO! He hacked down the weeds I haven’t pulled, and unbeknownst to him, 5 ornamental grasses that are kind of blue. Been nurturing them along for a few years and I was way behind in the weeding, and tending to them, but now they’re gone. 😦 Either this is good, less work to do for me, and I can stop fretting about finding the time to weed the spot, or they will come back. After all, they ARE a grass.


  9. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I had my trail cam strapped about 2 feet above the ground to a post on the back porch, aimed at the bird feeder/bird bath area and there were over 2,000 pictures on the little card. And you know me, I had to look at every picture. No night time shots AT all, can’t believe it didn’t catch the animal that keeps rummaging around under the bird feeders, and tipping my compost pail over. All day shot with the occasional birds caught. As I plowed through the pictures I noticed one of the bird feeders, a red one with wind catchers on it, and it was constantly mowing, this way, and that, and THAT’S what the camera was seeing. Never putting the camera in that spot again.


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