How much could someone pay you to deactivate your Facebook account for a few months? A Boston father is paying his 14 year old daughter $200 to do it!
On Tuesday, Paul Baier, a research consultant from Boston, posted an image of a “Facebook Deactivation Agreement” with his daughter, Rachel.
“Her idea which I support fully,” he wrote.
In the signed agreement, his daughter agrees to deactivate Facebook from this past Monday until June 26 (which, perhaps notably, would be well into summer break for most schools). In return, he’ll give her $50 in April and the remaining $150 in June.
Baier gets access to change her password and deactivate the account. Rachel’s one-word response on the line asking what she’ll use the money for: “Stuff.”
On the post, several people have praised or belittled the plan. One poster, in the shameless manner not unknown on the Web, called Baier an “idiot.”
“Why not try something called ‘parenting’. It’s more difficult than bribery but will more beneficial to your daughter in the long run,” the person wrote.
But Kent Wellington, who describes himself as a friend of Baier’s, responded.
“He’s a good guy and good parent. Regardless, there’s nothing wrong with a parent being proactive with their kids in the area of social media,” Wellington wrote. “I’m sure the dialog that lead up to the agreement was as valuable as the contract.”
Rachel may be in good company.
Did Beyonce get a nose job?
This is going to suck especially if you are a person that has recieved a check in the mail on the weekend. In an effort to cut costs Beginning this August the U.S Postal service will no deliver mail on Saturday unless you are recieving a package Express mail or Priority mail.
From The Week:
The change, "debated ad nauseum for months and months," will save the Postal Service $2 billion a year, says Patrick Rizzo at NBC News. That sounds like a lot, until you realize the USPS posted a record $15.9 billion loss in the last fiscal year, driven by $11.1 billion in pre-funded future retirement costs. "We are currently losing $25 million per day," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned in January.
There is a potential hitch to the new plan, Rizzo says: The USPS, while an independent federal agency that receives no tax dollars, is still "subject to congressional control, and congressional foot-dragging." So it's not clear how it will convince Congress to finally sign off on five-day-a-week delivery, or if it has found a workaround.
Among those who don't think this will save the USPS: Hallmark, the greeting card giant that "really wants you to be able to open that birthday card on a Saturday," says Catherine Ho at The Washington Post. Hallmark is putting some serious cash toward lobbying Congress to make sure the change doesn't happen. "Solving budget shortfalls through price increases and reduction of service not only won't work, it will make matters worse," Hallmark CEO Don Hall Jr. once argued. "I am concerned that going down this path does not address the critical issues and we will soon be talking about four-day or three-day delivery."
At least this isn't in effect now, it would be a shame to have an extra day to get that tax refund if you're expecting it on a Saturday :)
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