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Is It Appropriate To Use Homeless People As Wi-Fi Hot Spots At SXSW?

A publicity agency offers wireless routers divided over several homeless people, in exchange for money

El 50% ha votado Si

El 50% ha votado No

721 votos Sí: 50% Sí: 50%

Opinión a favor del Si por Jordi Berrocal

Any initiative integrating homeless people with society is praiseworthy, in my opinion. While it's true that, on paper, it doesn't seem very orthodox to turn people into walking wireless connections - there's nothing wrong with giving homeless people a job that consists of nothing more than walking around with a device, in exchange for some money they could undoubtedly use well. I'm convinced that, besides the economic benefits, the individuals involved feel pleased to be able to play an important role in such an important event (albeit momentarily). I can see the PC people bringing their hands to their heads, which is all the more reason to say “yes”.

Opinión a favor del No por Mario G. Sinde

I find it hard to believe this isn't some kind of joke. It all seems like satire to me. Good job to the ones behind it. If, however, it actually turns out to be true, I would say nay. I think there are other ways to give jobs to the homeless, this doesn't seem like a very elegant solution; insulting, even. I especially don't like the fact they have to walk around wearing t-shirts saying: “I'm a 4G hotspot”. It's like they are using them as mere objects, just another piece of the commercial infrastructure. Maybe a less offensive slogan would have raised fewer eyebrows. The bad thing is, the initiative could be repeated elsewhere, to even worse effects.

El 50% ha votado Si

El 50% ha votado No

721 votos Sí: 50% Sí: 50%

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