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    German website offers rent-a-protester service
    Can't be arsed waving a banner?

    By Lester Haines → More by this author
    Published Wednesday 24th January 2007 11:46 GMT

    You know how it is: you feel very strongly that the government really ought to address the issue of rampant unemployment among immigrant Romanian single mothers in the Frankfurt sausage-making industry, but can't actually be bothered to get up off the sofa and hit the streets in protest. Fear not, for help is at hand in the shape of Erento.com, where agitators are renting out their services to worthy causes.

    For example, as the BBC explains, "next to a black and white posed picture, Melanie lists her details from her jeans size to her shoe size and tells potential protest organisers that she is willing to be deployed up to 100km around Berlin". Six hours of Melanie giving forth will set you back €145.

    An Erento.com spokesman was "unable to say how many demonstrators had been booked since the service was launched earlier this month, but that there had certainly been demand".

    Indeed, German media has reported that a Munich march "hired protesters because its own adherents were too old to stand for hours waving banners".

    If you're wondering whether these rent-a-protestors will accept cash for any old cause, think again. Erento.com "stresses that no protester needs to offer their services to a cause they object to, and therefore many may genuinely believe in the protest they are joining".

    This cuts little ice with some German commentators. The Beeb notes that one recently wrote: "It seems to confirm the increasingly common assumption that democracy is for sale." ®


  • #2
    I dunno; a protester is still a protester. In any case I dont have a lot of time for them. I think my time in Cyprus dealing with one protesting faction or another through the 6 months I was there tained my outlook on such things.

    The BEST protest I ever saw was the one that was supposed to happen between Christmas and New Years - the Greek Mothers' March Home, 1988. It peed down rain for 4 straight days The march was "cancelled on account of lack of interest due to weather".
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    • #3
      Hey, this could open up a whole new avenue of marketing and money making. How about rent a politician, rent a war, rent a radio talk show, rent a whatever or maybe even rent a Kiwi.

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      • #4
        I resemble that statement.

        USD $ 75.00 per hour plus travel and BEER.
        Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
        Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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        • #5
          No problem Kiwi that sounds reasonable. Are you going to bring the penguins along too?

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          • #6
            Mercenaries don't always pack a gun but they all only support you and your cause as long as the money keeps coming.
            Last edited by doughesson; 01-25-2007, 03:36 PM.

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            • #7
              Specially trained Attack Sheep.
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              Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
              Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FlyingKiwi View Post
                Specially trained Attack Sheep.
                Only in New Zealand,huh?I have a niece with a menangerie of two rabbits and a "love"bird that all bite strangers.Jimmy Carter would have a hell of a time there.
                It's a real pain going over when my sister has company with little kids and they can't let the kiddies play with the cute bunnies.

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                • #9
                  Much to the suprise of his friends.
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                  Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
                  Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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                  • #10
                    Just great! Now the penguins will have to be ranked right up there with the cows when it comes to emissions of methane into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.

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