Virtual Cafe opens to help New Zealand Earthquake victims

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8 Responses to “Virtual Cafe opens to help New Zealand Earthquake victims”

  1. Lobster says:

    Ugh… Y’know, if people want to donate there’s no need to make them feel all douchey about it!

  2. swag says:

    Does this mean we can expect a virtual whorehouse for all the sex workers affected by this disaster — enabling us to by tricks we never really get?

  3. nezzyidy says:

    Good idea. In addition, a fundraiser site could give each donor their own “profile” page which could display icons or pictures for all of the bought virtual items. This could trigger a “collect-them-all” response in the donors.

  4. SamSam says:

    The end-use of the donated money is quite unorthodox, although not necessarily bad…

    If you would like to apply for a helping hand, please contact us via email …. We will contact you directly, verify your situation and do our best to help. A grant will be for $200/ Month/ Person for as many people as we are able to reach.

    So basically if you are aware of this website (not a registered charity, afaik), you apply to them, and if they think you are really in need, they will give you $200/month.

    This seems like a very good way to reach an extremely limited number of people. Quite the oposite of Red Cross, for instance, where they try to make sure that each dollar helps as many people as possible, and where they put money towards infastructure (shelters, doctors etc.) that again helps a large number of people.

    Personally, I’d much rather give my money to the latter, rather than (1) trust that this website is all above-board, (2) trust that the few people asking for “grants” are the most needy, (3) trust that this is the most effective way to spend my dollars in a way that will help people.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What is a flat white?

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