Australian store to charge people $5 for browsing. At first we thought this was the stupidest idea we’d ever heard. Then we saw the brilliance of the concept. So from now on we’d appreciate it if you would automatically send $5 to us every time you browse IHTM. Twenty thousand pages views a day times five bucks equals $100,000 per day. That would not only pay for our monthly server fee, but would leave enough to pay for the Administrator’s kids’ college loans and the Editor’s severe almond milk habit. Browse, baby, browse. And give ’til it hurts.

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whiskeyriver
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Having worked in a convenience store I know how the guy feels. People come in to use the restrooms and make a mess that I had to clean up. Sometimes I would think that if this is the way they act at home I wouldn’t get near their house, especially the toilet.

Then they bring in their kids and let them run wild. Taking things off the shelves then laying it down somewhere else, like the floor. Spilling soda all over the place, opening packages of something they don’t want to buy, bothering other customers, the list goes on and on.

I used to tell my boss we should charge $10 bucks for a key to the restrooms then keep it if the slobs trashed the place. Add another $10 to take care of the losses from spilled drinks and opened packages, which cannot be sold. Then add another $10, non-refundable, for having to listen to all the whiny brats while you are trying to find the money to pay for what didn’t get spilled or dropped on the floor! Finally, another $10 bucks for me because I have to “be nice”, put up with the crap, then clean up your mess.

AAARRRGGGG! I don’t think the store owner is wrong at all, more power to him.

flashingscotsman
Member

Nah, can’t charge the people directly for damage they cause, just absorb the cost, distribute it across the prices that EVERYBODY has to pay for the merchandise. Once again, the decent people paying for the habits of the slovenly.

JPTravis
Member

I’m game, but if you don’t mind I’ll pay my IHTM browsing fee monthly… expect my check drawn on the Cypriot Fidelity National Bank in the mail soon.

GhostntheMachine
Member

Hey JP, even if this is just bluster it’s still a smart move, the Fed has to give a public response, or am I missing something? And if he’s serious and they move it, even better for him and Texas.

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/03/27/gov-rick-perry-tells-federal-reserve-to-give-texas-its-1-billion-in-gold-back/

What’s a billion in gold weigh out at anyway?

poppajoe49
Member

As of close of business Wed, it comes to 622,897.72 Troy oz.

PsychoDad
Guest

The story is somewhat incomplete. I’m still not sure exactly how they’d implement this, but the point is that you get your 5 bucks back if you buy something. Not sure if that was clear from the Blaze story, I saw it somewhere else last night.

GhostntheMachine
Member
flashingscotsman
Member

It’s on the sign, posted on the door.

It matters not. I just came in to use the crapper.

poppajoe49
Member

That’ll cost you $10.

flashingscotsman
Member

It’ll cost them more than that to de-con the place.

Neo-7
Member

I accept .

I will be paying in Nigeria dollars .

Progressive Hemrrhoid
Member
Progressive Hemrrhoid

It sort of reminds me of the Commiecrats ACA boondoggle, only in that case you have to pay to see what’s in it.

andre53
Member

A browsing fee for the internet?

Hasn’t the gov’t been trying put that in for years now?

jcrowley1985
Member

You’d have to take down the Safelink thread if you start charging for browsing. Five bucks should cover what they would have spent on their free phone so they’d be even.

Edit: On second thought, I should charge five dollars for each TD. I could easily make a comfortable income from that so I wouldn’t need foodstamps; everyone wins.

sa_rose
Member

Of course, you could do the same thing by getting a JOB. Then you could make a comfortable living, wouldn’t need food stamps, and you could even pay your parents back for being such a leech. I still think your food stamps are obtained fraudulently.
PS. Just try collecting for those thumbs down!

danybhoy
Member

crowley, if you were just able to be a productive member of society with a job for income, you would’nt have an EBT card. If that happened, screw us, YOU WOULD WIN. But you you are not & you won’t.

Sidekick
Member

The TDs are not yours to sell. Of course the recipient class by nature always takes what isn’t theirs.

jcrowley1985
Member

But my comment is my intellectual property. I could charge everyone five dollars who reads it. Would be no less valid then what this store is doing.

poppajoe49
Member

Intellectual property? More like a vacant lot in a trailer park.

flashingscotsman
Member

Of course, he forgets the entirely voluntary nature of posting here, and reading or not reading what is posted.

Intellectual property? If that’s his most intellectual product, no wonder he’s in the basement.

TD,…………………MO.

PsychoDad
Guest

Shut up, Creepy Crawly.

CO2Insanity
Admin

Crowley and intellectual = oxymoron.

poppajoe49
Member

We could pay him per intelligent thought, but then he’d starve to death.

ooddballz
Member

Hell, he’d owe us.

CO2Insanity
Admin

So, if they don’t have anything worth a shit do I get a refund?

wingater
Member

Sure. But the refund will take about 30 days and by the time you get it it will only have $4.85 purchasing power left.

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