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?

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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.

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.

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

    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.

    Best thing you can do for the poor is not become one of them.

    Id get him a $10 itunes voucher.

      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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