Lifehacker Gift Guide: A Homeless Dude Outside The Apple Store

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Lifehacker Gift Guide: A Homeless Dude Outside The Apple Store

Here’s a Christmas fable for you: you’re walking into your nearest Apple store and you spot a homeless man outside on the streets. Suffused with seasonal good cheer, you decide you will purchase something for this unfortunate citizen inside Steve’s temple of beautifully designed tech. What should you pick?

Picture by Yagan Kiely

BUDGET CHOICE

iTunes Card

Cost: $20-$100
Where to get it: Apple Store
Why it’s a good choice: Because the homeless dude can use the machines in the store to sell it as a free local pickup listing on eBay.
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QUALITY CHOICE

16GB iPad

Cost: $799
Where to get it: Apple Store
Why it’s a good choice: Because homeless people like iPads way more than you might think.
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LUXURY CHOICE

MacBook Air

Cost: $1599 (13 inch model)
Where to get it: Apple Store
Why it’s a good choice: Because it’s portable, not likely to crash and (again) easy to resell.
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Comments

  • C’mon, guys. Is this a joke?

    This is demeaning the plight of less fortunate people and does not really address their problem (mental illness, welfare red tape, etc).

    Did you just need to fill up your post quota for the day?

  • I think the homeless guy would appreciate the cash instead of the iTunes card.

    An iPad or laptop would be a bit of a waste as they would either sell them and get only a fraction of their value back in cash or end up having them stolen as they don’t have anywhere safe to store it.

  • This post is bad taste why would you post soemthing like this?

    Angus you need to pull your head in and go buy a homeless person a sandwich you should feel ashamed of yourself for demonstrating how out of touch with the real world you are.

  • I agree with the previous comments.

    However some people call themselves homeless when the are travelling for a great length of time and dont sustain a permanent adress. Its mearly a play on words for somepeople so that others will sypathise with them and give free room and board.

    Although I did see one face book goon like this article, so there is sometime no acounting for good taste.

  • To the posters above -> Yes it’s a joke!

    Yep I also understand homelessness is not a good thing, but neither is standing on a political correctness soap-box all day, spouting to people that they should all be fixing the world’s problems.

    Have a laugh – that also helps.

    • I didn’t think it was in poor taste, till I saw the comments: I thought it was a great thought provoking ironic stab at the self-indulgence of those who think that apple solves all: they’re only products people; the homeless guy was there to represent life; life beats gadgets anytime.
      Eds-keep up the great irony!

  • If I were homeless, I know I’d want people to buy me an iPad (if I didn’t already have one). Why? Google.

    As the homeless guy in the Giz article linked above said, he makes a living out of AdSense, writing books and such.

    The iPad can either be used for good things (such as learning, finding places, communicating with others etc.) or it can be sold to rent a place for a few weeks or stock up on food and clothing.

    ‘sides, if I had the choice of giving money or an Apple product to a homeless guy, I’d pick Apple. Who knows what this guy could be spending that cash on?

  • I’d pay the store security guy to make sure the homeless person is no longer outside once I finish shopping Mac products.

    Then I’d go home and read Lifehacker on my brand new iPad.

  • Yep, you screwed up. A small donation to a homeless charity and apology would be appropriate. No harm no foul and everyone gets to move on.

    I’m certainly not going to continue subscribing if you can’t fix this.

  • Get over it. I would’ve thought the readers on here would be smart enough to realise the whole story was tongue in cheek. If your really concerned with the suffering of homeless people then how about you all go hand them $50

    • I am smart enough to realise that it is in tongue in cheek. I still find it appalling.

      I am concerned about homeless people as I work with them on a daily basis, i also do donate money to the homeless (do you?). I also understand that the homeless also need more assistance than money.

      It is still in poor taste, not funny, witty or clever in any way shape or form. To use those less fortunate than yourself to get a cheap laugh is atrocious.

      SHAME LIFEHACKER SHAME!

  • Wow, good point guys.

    I think we’re all inexorably coming to the inevitable realisation that Steve Jobs is the real saviour of Mankind. Steve Jobs certainly knows it.

    I checked out that linked post for the 16GB iPad bullet point, and it was a real education for me. I’m used to the term “homeless person” intuitively indicating a person that is homeless because they are destitute, but now I know that “homeless person” also indicates a person that is without a home because they are a self-righteous hippy.

    I think this is a very important lesson to remember during the Christmas season, often a time during which many people are otherwise preoccupied with the idiotic notion that it might be a good idea to try and help the poor and the broken in some small way.

    Kudos for calling out and neutering a few of these hateful concepts like “peace and goodwill to all”. Such thoughts are so seditious to our good and holy consumer culture – it’s just reassuring to know that one doesn’t need a home to be able to remain a self-absorbed consumer.

    • I don’t think we should let ourselves off the hook with meaningless platitudes like that.

      If you have money for an itunes voucher, I suspect you are in no danger of becoming one of the homeless; which means that there are many useful things you can do for the poor besides avoiding homelessness yourself.

  • Lifehacker Gift Guide: A Homosexual Dude Outside The Apple Store

    Here’s a Christmas fable for you: you’re walking into your nearest Apple store and you spot a homosexual man outside on the streets. Suffused with seasonal good cheer, you decide you will purchase something for this unfortunate citizen (yes, they don’t have all the rights we do) inside Steve’s temple of beautifully designed tech. What should you pick?

    BUDGET CHOICE
    iTunes Card
    Cost: $20-$100
    Where to get it: Apple Store
    Why it’s a good choice: So that the homosexual dude can buy all the Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives episodes that he NEEDS.

    QUALITY CHOICE
    16GB iPad
    Cost: $799
    Where to get it: Apple Store
    Why it’s a good choice: So that the homosexual dude can watch the Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives episodes, on the move.

    LUXURY CHOICE
    MacBook Air
    Cost: $1599 (13 inch model)
    Where to get it: Apple Store
    Why it’s a good choice: Because it’s portable, yet runs Flash which allows Gaytube and xtube watching.

  • I’m a homeless guy in Palo Alto. I’ve been panhandling for a couple days at the Apple Store here. My sign says, “Homeless – need macbook”.

    It’s been a good laugh for a lot of people and myself. I’ve joked with people that I’m a visionary like Steve Jobs – I have a vision of someone coming along and giving me a macbook. I’ve also joked that I could do a new Apple marketing poster with my sign. Underneath with the words, “Not only for spoiled brats”.

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