Queuing On The Day, Pay A Homeless Person?

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  1. wrkactjob macrumors 65816

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    Would it be ethical to pay a hobo/tramp/homeless person say £5 to be front of the line a few days before the event thus guaranteeing you a prime slot?

    You would get your phone first, they would get money for drink and you would get a warm glow feeling for helping the misfortunate in society, you could even let them hold the phone (briefly) if they had clean hands.
     
  2. bigtallguy macrumors member

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    haha good idea. i doubt he would actually stay in line though
     
  3. Pushkar macrumors 6502a

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    :D:D:D

    But even a hobo wouldn't consider £5 and everyone behind will bundle you when you take his place.
     
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    He couldn't afford to stay in one place for such little money. You could pay him or her more, but the Apple Store would probably ask him or her to leave.
     
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  6. wrkactjob thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ha! I'm not made of money and anyway am saving for the ipad. I think £5 would suffice with the added bonus of some McDonalds chicken nuggets and half a bottle of JD upon contract completion.
     
  7. ComputersaysNo macrumors 6502

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    If i was homeless and was asked to do such, 5 minutes before opening i would say something like:' $100 now or i'll run away, you greedy bastard'.

    Why bother the financially challenged with capitalism?
     
  8. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    If I were standing in line behind him I would pay him $10 to take a hike...
     
  9. California King macrumors 65816

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    Isn't there a saying that you should never trust a hobo or something? ;)
     
  10. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816

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    Opportunity cost my friend. The hobo would be waiting in line for a day or 2 for 5 euros when he could be patrolling the streets for the days, digging into garbage cans and begging for more money. I dont think they would do it.
     
  11. nlr macrumors 6502

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    I saw a homeless person on the A40 in London with a iPad.
     
  12. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    No offense but why are people making these type of threads? you know that there is no way you are going to find a homeless person and ask him to do that. Your really reaching with this one.
     
  13. nlr macrumors 6502

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    Thats 100% incorrect, I don't know about where you live but in London you see more homeless people than cars on the road.

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  14. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Sounds like it would start to stink when the urine/faeces sets in.
     
  15. Cod3rror macrumors 68000

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    Good idea, but man what a cheapskate, £5......
     
  16. Cambot macrumors regular

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    This thread reminds me of hobo-vertising as seen in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

    People will do anything for money, so I would say this idea would work however it'll be hard to find someone willing.

    Make sure he's gone before you leave the store, or at least make sure he's not a stabbing hobo.
     
  17. wrkactjob thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh ok in Longbeach maybe.

    How about a well trained dog or squirrel? (not necessarily homeless ones though I have yet to see a house owning squirrel).
     
  18. RTiii320 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, of course you can find one. I'm just saying that the OP is not actually going to do it so why make a thread about it. Please, I live in Long Beach, CA there are PLENTY of homeless people if you venture into the right (or maybe wrong) areas. :rolleyes:


    lol, sorry didn't mean to jump on your case. I know you made the thread as one to be light-hearted, now if you can train your dog to sit there for a couple days that sure would be a sight too see!:D
     
  19. Caraj macrumors member

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    My hired preorder person cost me $25.00 and the pickup will cost me another $25-$50.00 and I didnt even have to hire the homeless. And hiring the homeless never ends good
     
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    Just sad. You're talking about people here, not animals that you're trying to trick into doing something.
     
  22. bigred7078 macrumors 6502a

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    ...that's just sad
     
  23. Nikos macrumors 68000

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    Unless you promise something worth waiting for every day, chances are he/she will leave with your money. Also, £5 is nothing. Homeless people here in NYC make an average of $25,000 per year.
     
  24. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    $25k!? :eek:

    Us students really should be homeless part time. :p
     

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