“These terms and conditions create a contract between you and Apple (the “Agreement”). Please read the Agreement carefully. To confirm your understanding and acceptance of the Agreement, click ‘Agree.'”
Hah yeah we’ve all scrolled through that one before and shamelessly gone straight to the agree button. Who the hell has time to read all of that?
Clearly aware of that, public Wi-Fi provider Purple added a little personal deal into their company’s terms and conditions to demonstrate the “lack if consumer awareness” young people use when signing up for accessing free Wi-Fi portals.
In scrolling through Purple’s T&Cs, customers unknowingly agreed to a community service agreement that required them to clean up porter potties, hug stray cats, and paint the shells of snails. The whole thing is genius and it would suck to be one of those consumers, but I can’t talk too much crap considering I would absolutely be one of the victims of this spoof agreement.
The agreement read,
“The user may be be required, at Purple’s discretion, to carry out 1,000 hours of community service. This may include the following. Cleansing local parks of animal waste. Providing hugs to stray cats and dogs. Manually relieving sewer blockages. Cleaning portable lavatories at local festivals and events. Painting snail shells to brighten up their existence. Scraping chewing gum off the streets.”
Out of 22,000 people that agreed to this, only 1 person took the time to read this. Props to this guy, he took the little bit of time to read the agreement and now will be enjoying their usual activities as literally thousands perform their new duties.
Gavin Wheeldon, CEO of Purple, explained “Wi-Fi users need to read terms when they sign up to access a network. What are they agreeing to, how much data are they sharing, and what license are they giving to providers? Our experiment shows it’s all too easy to tick a box and consent to something unfair,”