If you got it like that money wise, you probably can afford to pay someone to clean your home, mow your lawn or detail your car.
If you’ve got a busy work schedule, you may even have hired a pet walker or sitter. But would you pay someone to scoop up your pooch’s poop?
With much skepticism, there have been some reports of a company that is supposedly designing an app – Pooper – that will send folks out to bag your dog’s waste.
“Perhaps you have enough time to own a dog, feed a dog and take it on walks, but you are just too darn busy to reach down to pick up its poop. You are Pooper’s target customer,” writes Karin Brulliard, who runs The Post’s Animalia blog.
As Brulliard reports, the app works “pretty much like Uber. Once your dog does its job, you open the app, pinpoint the excrement on a digital map and order a scoop. You are then free to leave; a scooper — the driver in the Uber analogy — comes to do the clean up. That is, of course, if Pooper is real and not some sort of ironic commentary on dog obsession and the sharing economy.”
Maybe the site is a humorist commentary on how pampered some Americans have become. Or it’s a summertime hoot while we weather the heat. But real or not, “the app’s presentation video, while suspicious looking, is also beyond entertaining,” writes Mashable’s Andrea Romano.
Hey, in a service society where you can pay people to take care of all kinds of tasks, is it that outrageous some folks might pay for a service that will pick up poop?
Color of Money Question of the Week
Americans pay other people to do a lot of their dirty work. So what personal service would you pay to have done for you that you’d be too embarrassed to admit? Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically, I ask for your full name but in this case, just tell me your first name, city and state. In the subject line put “Pooch Poop” in the subject line.
Live Chat Today
Are you struggling with student loan debt? If so, you don’t want to miss the live discussion today at noon (ET). My guest will be Donna Rosato, a senior editor at Consumer Reports. Rosato will be discussing the July Color of Money book club selection, which was not a book but rather the special student loan debt report in the August issue of Consumer Reports.
“Today, a four-year education at a state school — including tuition, fees, and room and board — costs an average of $78,000; at a private university it’s more than double that,” wrote Rosato.
Beware the vacation moochers
For the Color of Money Question for last week I asked: Have you had family or friends want to tag along on your vacation or use your vacation home and if so, how did you handle the situation?
Some of your stories inspired a column. Read my tips on how to handle vacation freeloaders: When your shared vacation comes with extra baggage. I’d still love to hear your horror stories of vacation sharing with friends and family members. What lessons did you learn? Send your comments to email@example.com
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