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UK WiFi customers agree to clean sewers

by on17 July 2017

Always read the fine print

WiFi provider Purple slipped a few gags into its user agreement to prove to the world that no-one ever reads them.

According to the Purple user agreement users who agree to use the public WiFi hotspot agreed to perform 1,000 hours of community service, including unclogging sewers and scraping gum off the street.

The company inserted the clause into its terms and conditions -- the technically legally binding agreement consumers approve in exchange for use of free Internet, though virtually few actually read the terms.

The company said it did so to call attention to the fact consumers are regularly agreeing to terms that they may not actually like, including granting access to private information and data about their web browsing habits.

Other community service tasks agreed to by users included "providing hugs to stray cats and dogs" and "painting snail shells to brighten up their existence."

The agreement also promised a prize to anyone who actually became aware of the prize's existences after reading the terms and conditions -- yet after two weeks only one person came forward to claim the prize.

Last modified on 17 July 2017
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