No thats ludicrous! Well is it really?
On my first day as an intern in MUNPlanet i sat down with my colleague Vlado as he introduced me to the platform I needed to make an account and so I did. Email address, password, okay so far so good accept the terms and conditions and I am ready to roll. Vlado looked at me and smiled “you read the terms and conditions quickly, he said seeing me check the box straight away, but luckily for me in there there were no requirements for "manually relieving sewer blockages," "cleaning portable lavatories at local festivals and events," "painting snail shells to brighten up their existence", or "providing hugs to stray cats and dogs".
However 22,000 people were not as lucky as me when an internet provider called Purple added to their usual “Terms and Condition” section the above listed community and service activities that one would agree to when signing a contract for free wi-fi. While we laugh at this incident and at these people’s carelessness it makes you wonder “What the hell I have agreed to!” because I know with an unfathomable degree of certainty that I have not read a single one of those 2 million pages from the terms and conditions sections i have agreed to. So now quite like myself as I write this article you are feeling a trickle of sweat run down your back as you are wondering “will i get a call to provide hugs to stray cats and dogs?” and i certainly hope not because by the look I got from a dog walking to work this morning it seemed the last thing he wanted was a hug from me.
All jokes aside however this has got me thinking what my laziness could result to. Luckily I still haven’t started signing contracts that have any great meaning and I rely on someone else to do it for me and to have read everything (thanks mom), but as I enter adulthood and leave home I will have to be more and more careful with signing papers blindly. So would you have been part of the 22,000 people "painting snail shells to brighten up their existence”? Have you had any experience with a similar situation, if yes share it in the comments! Will this make you read the terms and conditions next time you are signing it? I know I will open it for sure scroll down pretending I am reading and still accept, so say hi to me next time you are out and see some lunatic chasing a cat for a hug.
The company did not make the contract signers do the listed 1000 hour of community service, but they did award the only person who spotted this, that means that 0.000045% of people read the terms and conditions...still more than I imagined.