22,000 Users Blindly Accept Wi-Fi Terms, Agree To Provide 1,000 Hours Of Work

The next time you try to use someone’s Wi-Fi network, you better think twice about reading through the “terms and agreement” section.

Public Wi-Fi provider Purple snuck a clever little clause in its legal terms that caught users off guard, forcing them into a community service contract. The experiment was all in good fun, a test to show the “lack of consumer awareness” about what people could possibly be signing up for.

Here’s a snippet of the terms and conditions:

The user may 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.

Of the more than 22,000 who connected to Purple’s Wi-Fi over a period of two weeks, only one person read the terms.

You can read Purple’s full press-release here. You can also visit their website.

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