November 28, 2012

HoboJacket: Some MIT guys have a... great? idea: buy clothes from schools you hate and give them to the homeless. They get warm, and you get the chance of seeing someone begging for spare change in a Bulldogs jacket. Is this a brilliantly terrible idea or a terribly brilliant one?

posted by Etrigan to culture at 11:08 PM - 6 comments

Sounds like a way for people with far too much disposable income to get cheap laughs at the expense of those less fortunate. Most college/school clothing is over-priced pieces of junk anyways.

If giving clothes like this was the end of it I'd probably overlook the idea, but I can envision picture after picture and post after post all over the web, stadiums, etc. depicting homeless people who would wear this stuff.

Just donate the money to shelters/soup kitchens and get your laughs elsewhere.

posted by dyams at 06:07 AM on November 29, 2012

The site has been killed and replaced with an apology.

Leaving aside the appalling insensitivity, I don't think the evil scheme would have worked. New licensed team attire is so expensive it could be sold for a decent amount of money.

posted by rcade at 08:19 AM on November 29, 2012

I'm just going to point out that the apology on that site is a model of how it should be done. There is no "apologize to those who took offense" bullcrap.

It is especially impressive since he could have just taken down the site and left nothing behind.

posted by grum@work at 08:31 AM on November 29, 2012

There was a really bad apology yesterday from Two and a Half Men actor Angus T. Jones: "I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed."

posted by rcade at 08:48 AM on November 29, 2012

buy clothes from schools you hate and give them to the homeless

Easier way to do this: Send your kid to an expensive 4-year university, then enjoy your own resultant poverty while wearing his "hand-me-up" branded school clothing.

posted by Howard_T at 03:32 PM on November 29, 2012

For self-punishment at the professional level, I could relocate from Mass. to Rwanda and go to a World Vision garment distribution facility to pick up a brand new, never-worn "New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs 2012" T-shirt and cap.

posted by beaverboard at 06:01 PM on November 29, 2012

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