D.C. unemployed paid to hold places in line outside the Supreme Court

Jul 2011
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OMG, look at our selves. i wonder how many are media people.

WASHINGTON -- Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing overnight Monday, and Charles Medley will spend the whole time outdoors near the base of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Why? He's hoping to hold a coveted place near the front of a line for access to the oral arguments over the federal health care law.


But when the second day of arguments begins Tuesday morning, Medley won't actually be going inside. He's one of about 25 people camping out Monday--some paid just $5 an hour--in order to hold a place for somebody else interested in watching the health care hearings. Tickets for Supreme Court cases are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis, and because of the enormous popularity of this case, anyone without a special pass or media credential is required to wait for several hours or pay someone to do it for them.

Prices for D.C. line-standers vary widely. Some say they make as much as $15 an hour, while others bring in a third of that. Most don't want to reveal who they're working for, or simply say they don't know to avoid divulging any details. The majority of the people getting paid to hold a spot are unemployed; some are homeless. However, there are actual businesses in the D.C. area that specialize in this, charging as much as $50 per hour to save your place.


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Oct 2010
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OMG, look at our selves. i wonder how many are media people.

WASHINGTON -- Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing overnight Monday, and Charles Medley will spend the whole time outdoors near the base of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Why? He's hoping to hold a coveted place near the front of a line for access to the oral arguments over the federal health care law.


But when the second day of arguments begins Tuesday morning, Medley won't actually be going inside. He's one of about 25 people camping out Monday--some paid just $5 an hour--in order to hold a place for somebody else interested in watching the health care hearings. Tickets for Supreme Court cases are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis, and because of the enormous popularity of this case, anyone without a special pass or media credential is required to wait for several hours or pay someone to do it for them.

Prices for D.C. line-standers vary widely. Some say they make as much as $15 an hour, while others bring in a third of that. Most don't want to reveal who they're working for, or simply say they don't know to avoid divulging any details. The majority of the people getting paid to hold a spot are unemployed; some are homeless. However, there are actual businesses in the D.C. area that specialize in this, charging as much as $50 per hour to save your place.


D.C. unemployed paid to hold places in line outside the Supreme Court | The Ticket - Yahoo! News
Would doing something like this be below a Republican?
 

Blueneck

Former Staff
Jun 2007
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If they are receiving unemployment benefits, technically these people are required to report their earnings.

And as employers, $5 an hour means the person paying to have their place held is violating minimum wage laws.

I'm not going to lose any sleep over it though.
 
Dec 2010
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I am so glad that you posted this story and enlightened all of us of this cosmic event!! This event is of such magnitude and of overwhelming impact to our society that it must be rated as being of galactic proportions. We all should be truly shaken emotionally, spiritually, and I am sure in some cases physically by even the thought of unemployed being paid to hold places in line outside the Supreme Court. You should be extremely proud of yourself as I am sure your entire family, your Mother and your village is. We your fellow forum members are at awe by the sear thought of what you posted. We are I am sure eternally grateful for what you have done for society. Your obvious love of and concern for society must mean that you sir are the one true socialists here on this forum. Well too bad I don't agree with socialists but you have your rights .
 
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