Not many of us actually read a service’s entire terms and conditions before using it. They are so long and confusing. We probably should though, and this is something that Manchester-based WiFi provider Purple wants to bring to our attention.
The UK based company supplies WiFi hotspots to various public locations, like Legoland, Outback Steakhouse, and Pizza Express. Recently they introduced a joke clause in the terms and conditions that says if users agree to use their WiFi service, they are expected to complete 1,000 hours of community service, which includes cleaning the toilets at festivals, scraping chewing gum off the streets, and “manually relieving sewer blockages”.
Their point is that you should read the terms. Obviously, Purple does not expect anyone to follow through, but they did it “to illustrate the lack of consumer awareness of what they are signing up to when they access free wifi.” They also offer a free prize to any customer who actually bothered to read it and flag the “community service clause”, and so far only one person has successfully done that, which proves their point.
This isn’t the first time that companies have done this. Maybe we should start paying closer attention to them so we don’t have to unclog toilets.