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Cupertino Councilwoman Asking Apple For Free Wi-Fi Was An Inside Joke

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. macrumors bot



    During the Q&A session following Steve Jobs' pitch for a stunning new Apple campus to the Cupertino City Council, Councilwoman Kris Wong asked Jobs if the city of Cupertino would get "free Wi-Fi or something like that" in exchange for green-lighting the building project.

    Jobs felt that free municipal Wi-Fi was something the city was better equipped to provide and that Apple paid plenty in property tax and if Apple "can get out of paying taxes, we would be glad to provide free Wi-Fi." The exchange drew a laugh from the audience, but an indignant Twitteronia was not pleased.
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    It's kind of peculiar that the request -- which was obviously not a sticking point for the Council -- drew such fire from observers. Local governments are perennially broke and routinely extort capital improvements from businesses seeking to do business in their community. "If you build that big office park, you need to buy us new fire truck to cover the area adequately." It happens all the time, just most City Council meetings don't get nearly one million views on YouTube.

    In addressing the controversy, Business Insider contributor Jay Bhatti took the opportunity to engage in some actual journalism and emailed the councilwoman to get the background on her question. An excerpt:
    Like any elected official who cares about their city, Councilwoman Wong just wanted Steve to say nice things about Cupertino, and was joking around with Cupertino's biggest local success story. Nothing wrong with that.

    The Cupertino City Council doesn't seem too worried about the Wi-Fi either: Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong told reporters Wednesday "there is no chance we are saying no" to the new Apple campus.

    Article Link: Cupertino Councilwoman Asking Apple For Free Wi-Fi Was An Inside Joke
  2. Guest


    As a resident of California, I demand an inquiry!

  3. Guest


    It's bad when you need to explain your own "jokes". Sorry, but that whole council seems obtuse as a brick.
  4. macrumors regular

    What's Wong?

    The problem is that the councilwoman doesn't know her place. Jobs has done more for Cupertino than she'll ever hope to do in 20 lifetimes. These local governments wouldn't be in financial difficulties if they'd just spend the inordinate amount of tax dollars already given to them properly.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Did you even read the article?

    She was making a joke. Calm down.
  6. macrumors member

    Did you even read his screenname?
  7. Guest



    Since people think that Apple is religion/cult-like, shouldn't they be tax exempt like churches? ;)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    To be fair, it is her place to interview Mr Jobs, and expect him to follow the same rules and regulations as all other applicants. It's unfortunate for her that Steve Jobs has such a following that the whole meeting would be watched round the world by so many people. There was a lot of dry humour in there on both sides... I found it quite abrupt of Steve to make those comments about moving to Mountain View, but then none of us realised the back story until now.

    You can't give someone special treatment just because of who they are, otherwise it sends out the message that the person is in control of the council. The council people made some quite cringeworthy comments, but they were just doing their jobs. No harm done, Jobs is gonna get his land. :)
  9. macrumors 65816

    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/8J2)

    His name is "angrynstupid"

    Sounds like a prototypical tea party patriot.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Oh I just got pwned... :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors P6


    Lol part of me doesn't think it was 100% a joke but had to say it was due to backlash
  12. macrumors regular


    Sorry Jared and Darth, but Angry is right. She should have left inside jokes for personal conversation. We are talking about the worlds second largest company behind Exxon and Apple is pretty close to being #1, so to even hint at making a request for free wifi, even if it was joke, should have never been said in a public counsil meeting. Possibly one of the worlds most powerful and intellegent business man is asking if he can continue to give the city more money in taxes, building permits, etc and your asking for free wifi. Really? Someone did not goto business school. She might as well have asked jobs why he looks so thin and frail.
  13. macrumors 68020

    screw the free wi-fi that would be an amazing public park
  14. macrumors 6502

    I like that idea! Unfortunately, its probably less likely than free wifi knowing Apple...
  15. macrumors 6502

    The original MacRumors article didn't clearly convey the tone of that exchange. I did, however, watch the video they linked to about Job's presentation, and while it wasn't initially clear that she was joking, if you continued to watch you could tell that she wasn't serious. Probably would have been more clear if Steve thought that inside joke was really funny ;)
  16. macrumors 603

    Honestly I don't see any problem with her asking that, joke or not. Why not give it a shot?

    Would people have been offended if she had asked and Jobs replied, "Hey, that's a great idea, sure!"
  17. macrumors 6502

    Is Cupertino that great of a place to live?
  18. macrumors Penryn


    Why is this story in the iOS blog?
  19. macrumors member

    I call BS. This woman realized she looked like a complete idiot bureaucrat in front of millions of YouTube viewers and is now walking this back as a joke. Steve didn't look like he was in on the joke. And she is also hiding behind language barrier as an excuse.

    Steve was gracious enough to make an appearance at the useless little council meeting to explain Apple's plans. He did not have to be there, and they took it as an opportunity for celebrity. Stupid. No wonder governments are broke.
  20. NAG
    macrumors 68030


    Are you saying there are people on the internet that are over-reacting based on little to no information? You obviously are not well informed and should quit your job! How could you say that?!

    Because Macrumors never covers mac stories anymore and I want a cookie.
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  22. macrumors 68000


    That was my question exactly!
  23. macrumors 6502


    good things come to those who ask. even it its just a joke ;) remember that kids
  24. Contributing Editor




    ...Wi-Fi is used by iOS devices!

    OK, I clicked the wrong button.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Even more if they added free Wi-Fi :rolleyes:

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