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(C|Net)   Teen secretly lived in AOL's HQ for 2 months, eating free food, using gym & showers, sleeping in conference rooms while working on his start-up. Everyone assumed he worked there   (news.cnet.com) divider line 129
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2012-05-25 08:23:10 PM  
Haters be hatin'.
 
2012-05-25 08:23:54 PM  
AOL has awesome physical security!
 
2012-05-25 08:26:47 PM  
He did work there. Just not for AOL.


AOL should hire him because he just proved that he is very capable.
 
2012-05-25 08:28:19 PM  
AOL is still around?
 
2012-05-25 08:30:05 PM  
Is this supposed to be a feel-good story? I hate big corporations as much as the next guy, but all I hear when reading this is how much he has been stealing what isn't his.
 
2012-05-25 08:30:06 PM  
Did he live above the ceiling, covered in Post-It notes?
 
2012-05-25 08:30:25 PM  
Bootstrapy!
 
2012-05-25 08:31:05 PM  
What lame ass company gives out full building access security badges to non-employees?
 
2012-05-25 08:32:10 PM  
Kramer: What did you want to see me about, Mr. Leland?
Mr. Leland: Kramer, I've been reviewing your work. Quite frankly, it stinks.
Kramer: Well,I've been having trouble at home and, uh, I'll work harder. Nights, weekends, whatever it takes.
Mr. Leland: No, no, I don't think that's going to do it. These reports you handed in, it's almost as if you have no business training at all. I don't know what this is supposed to be.
Kramer: Well, I'm just trying to get ahead.
Mr. Leland: I'm sorry, there's just no way that we can keep you on.
Kramer: But I don't even really work here.
Mr. Leland: That's what makes this so difficult....

/pics not allowed in this thread?
 
2012-05-25 08:33:07 PM  

flamingboar: AOL is still around?


Well, they have a big building with lots of busy people in it, so yes.

Oh, wait...
 
2012-05-25 08:33:21 PM  
This seems like a bit of a publicity stunt.
 
2012-05-25 08:34:07 PM  
He was working on the Pensky file
 
2012-05-25 08:34:14 PM  
Give this kid a job! It's people with that kind of chutzpah that drive innovation and progress.
 
2012-05-25 08:37:08 PM  
When I worked for Cisco there was a guy who lived in his cube in the San Jose campus. They had showers, restaurants, etc. He bought a framed door from a home improvement store that fit his cubical and slept on a cot. He was able to remit almost 100% of his salary for O months before a fire marshall caught him during an unrelated inspection. Made a lot of sense since since a bunch of his fellow low level engineers were living 6-8 to a house and barely getting buy due to the huge cost of housing in the area.
 
2012-05-25 08:37:17 PM  

silverjets: What lame ass company gives out full building access security badges to non-employees?


When I worked at the HQ of a Fortune 500 company a few years ago, there was no security during business hours. Anyone could walk in and wander anywhere in the building. Technically you were supposed to wear your badge at all times, but that was not enforced at all.

The building was locked down during non-business hours and badge access was required, but I suspect that was just to keep the homeless out.
 
2012-05-25 08:37:49 PM  
He's an adult. Headlines that use "teen" to mislead us into thinking it was a young kid suck.

You suck, subby.
 
2012-05-25 08:37:52 PM  
I've always thought about this, if I lost my job and home. There are so many busy places where you can get away with just being there. I mean, my university library is huge. No one would notice if I hung out there after closing and crashed in the stacks.
 
2012-05-25 08:37:59 PM  
oukewldave 2012-05-25 08:30:05 PM
Is this supposed to be a feel-good story? I hate big corporations as much as the next guy, but all I hear when reading this is how much he has been stealing what isn't his.



Food (free to employees) from the cafeteria
Water from the showers
Some clock cycles and electricity from computer use


-This gets your moral dudgeon up?
 
2012-05-25 08:38:01 PM  
So once you get in, you've got it made? You can just use the facilities, eat the food, take advantage of the benefits?

Wow, it's like he was an illegal alien.
 
2012-05-25 08:38:38 PM  
nine months even
/stupid phone keyboard
 
2012-05-25 08:39:55 PM  
Hell, give this kid a medal. He's all sorts of bootstrappy and he's thinking of the children. A medal, yeah, or maybe one of those free AOL trial CDs. Those are like medals, right?
 
2012-05-25 08:40:35 PM  
More a sign of incipient mental illness than anything else.
 
2012-05-25 08:41:32 PM  
Jerry: So, uh, what do you do down there all day?

Kramer: T.C.B. You know, takin' care of business.

img217.imageshack.us
 
Skr
2012-05-25 08:41:52 PM  
So I was kinda meh about the whole thing until the last sentence with his motto.
"And don't die. That's basically my motto." I like this youth, he shows panache. Sounded like he was trying to start a shared database for educators to use as well which could be very handy.
 
2012-05-25 08:43:22 PM  
Seriously, I've had jobs where I had to work 14-18 hours a day on a regular basis. I would have been happier if I could have just moved in, would have saved me rent money and given me a good pile of money in reserve for when I finally high-tailed it out.
 
2012-05-25 08:43:36 PM  

Amigajoe: oukewldave 2012-05-25 08:30:05 PM
Is this supposed to be a feel-good story? I hate big corporations as much as the next guy, but all I hear when reading this is how much he has been stealing what isn't his.


Food (free to employees) from the cafeteria
Water from the showers
Some clock cycles and electricity from computer use


-This gets your moral dudgeon up?


He's not an employee, so he was stealing anything that is free for employees.

Also, he was trespassing.

He knew what he was doing was wrong and illegal, or he wouldn't have done it surreptitiously.
 
2012-05-25 08:45:49 PM  
He's lucky that freaking badge kept giving him access. That estoppel and consent is probably the only thing keeping AOL from suing his ass.
 
2012-05-25 08:47:19 PM  

farkityfarker: Amigajoe: oukewldave 2012-05-25 08:30:05 PM
Is this supposed to be a feel-good story? I hate big corporations as much as the next guy, but all I hear when reading this is how much he has been stealing what isn't his.


Food (free to employees) from the cafeteria
Water from the showers
Some clock cycles and electricity from computer use


-This gets your moral dudgeon up?

He's not an employee, so he was stealing anything that is free for employees.

Also, he was trespassing.

He knew what he was doing was wrong and illegal, or he wouldn't have done it surreptitiously.


You root for the Sherrif of Nottingham, don't you?
 
2012-05-25 08:47:22 PM  
Farkityfarker, You seem to be the only one in a snit about it. AOL didn't care enough to press charges.

Get over yourself, Trolly McTrollerson.
 
2012-05-25 08:47:36 PM  

Skr: So I was kinda meh about the whole thing until the last sentence with his motto.
"And don't die. That's basically my motto." I like this youth, he shows panache. Sounded like he was trying to start a shared database for educators to use as well which could be very handy.


Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn't quit. He struggles so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentleman, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.
 
2012-05-25 08:48:46 PM  
I'm sure we'll start hearing more and more of these stories. People who are in their 20s aren't able to find jobs, homes, etc., the normal way, so we have to get creative. Urban survival? Doesn't have to start with a disaster, just the disaster of not having money to make it otherwise.

If we can't succeed by your game, watch us turn the world into ours.
 
2012-05-25 08:50:11 PM  

Fano: Skr: So I was kinda meh about the whole thing until the last sentence with his motto.
"And don't die. That's basically my motto." I like this youth, he shows panache. Sounded like he was trying to start a shared database for educators to use as well which could be very handy.

Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn't quit. He struggles so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out. Gentleman, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.


How can you type on Fark if you have those tiny mouse paws?
 
2012-05-25 08:51:53 PM  

Peki: I'm sure we'll start hearing more and more of these stories. People who are in their 20s aren't able to find jobs, homes, etc., the normal way, so we have to get creative. Urban survival? Doesn't have to start with a disaster, just the disaster of not having money to make it otherwise.

If we can't succeed by your game, watch us turn the world into ours.


Who is the "you" in "your game"?
 
2012-05-25 08:52:06 PM  

Hankie Fest: He's an adult. Headlines that use "teen" to mislead us into thinking it was a young kid suck.

You suck, subby.


What, nineteen is too old for you? Teen is teen.
 
2012-05-25 08:52:13 PM  
I'll bet he posted this here himself.
 
2012-05-25 08:53:27 PM  
manwithpez.com

Wanted for questioning.
 
2012-05-25 08:55:21 PM  

robodog: farkityfarker: Amigajoe: oukewldave 2012-05-25 08:30:05 PM
Is this supposed to be a feel-good story? I hate big corporations as much as the next guy, but all I hear when reading this is how much he has been stealing what isn't his.


Food (free to employees) from the cafeteria
Water from the showers
Some clock cycles and electricity from computer use


-This gets your moral dudgeon up?

He's not an employee, so he was stealing anything that is free for employees.

Also, he was trespassing.

He knew what he was doing was wrong and illegal, or he wouldn't have done it surreptitiously.

You root for the Sherrif of Nottingham, don't you?


Hankie Fest: Farkityfarker, You seem to be the only one in a snit about it. AOL didn't care enough to press charges.

Get over yourself, Trolly McTrollerson.


So not addressing the fact that he lied about his status to obtain goods and services?

That's called fraud.

If someone lied about who they were to you so they could get money from you, would you be OK with it?

I'm guessing AOL isn't pressing charges because they are afraid of bad publicity (and the actual cost of the theft to them was relatively miniscule.) But I'm guessing they're also putting procedures in place to prevent it from happening again.

But admiring this guy because of his chutzpah is like admiring any other criminal because of their chutzpah. He obviously doesn't know when right ends and wrong begins.
 
2012-05-25 08:55:54 PM  
I bet the service cut off on the sandwich.
 
2012-05-25 08:56:06 PM  
This will become a movie or a sitcom.
 
2012-05-25 08:57:30 PM  
Eric Simons
www.hostingbytes.us
 
2012-05-25 08:58:01 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Peki: I'm sure we'll start hearing more and more of these stories. People who are in their 20s aren't able to find jobs, homes, etc., the normal way, so we have to get creative. Urban survival? Doesn't have to start with a disaster, just the disaster of not having money to make it otherwise.

If we can't succeed by your game, watch us turn the world into ours.

Who is the "you" in "your game"?


The "you" would most likely refer to the patricians, politicians and capitalists.
 
2012-05-25 08:58:56 PM  
This strikes me as somewhat plausible where I work. It is a small office but it is busy all the time and it would be possible I think to gain access and sleep there. If I lacked housing I could work and sleep there, work out at the LA fitness nearby and use its showers, and there are restaurants in the area.
 
2012-05-25 09:03:07 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Hankie Fest: He's an adult. Headlines that use "teen" to mislead us into thinking it was a young kid suck.

You suck, subby.

What, nineteen is too old for you? Teen is teen.



On Fark, if you're 19 you're a full grown man, whereas If you're seventeen, you're only twelve.
 
2012-05-25 09:03:26 PM  
I've been tempted to do something simliar for a few months. Either live at work, or in a minivan/old RV. Work has showers. Rent is outrageous in Southern California (the housing crisis has actually driven up rent), and I'd save quite a bit of money in a short time.
 
2012-05-25 09:07:00 PM  
In other news, AOL is still alive and kicking.
 
2012-05-25 09:12:19 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-25 09:13:58 PM  
Did that for 3 months while going to college. Slept where ever I could and took sowers etc in the dorms.

You can easily get away with sleeping in public at a college if you do it during the day with a book over your face.
 
2012-05-25 09:14:59 PM  

farkityfarker: But admiring this guy because of his chutzpah is like admiring any other criminal because of their chutzpah. He obviously doesn't know when right ends and wrong begins.


"The ends justifies the means" is not an educational message worth handing down.
 
2012-05-25 09:14:59 PM  
AOL still provides valuable services to at least one person!
 
2012-05-25 09:16:31 PM  
It's not just youngsters that can't find work these days. Don't feel too special kids, I went through this in the 80's, going through it now, will probably go through it again in 20 years, unless I'm dead.
 
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