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(Duluth News Tribune)   Apparently deciding that his application to join the League of Supervillians just wasn't strong enough; WI Gov. tries to sneak language into a budget bill that will make it easier for "rent to own" shops to rip off the mathematically illiterate   (duluthnewstribune.com) divider line 34
    More: Sad, League of Supervillians, Wisconsin Gov., government budget, Wisconsin, Rent-A-Center, Glenn Grothman, Milwaukee County, Scott Walker  
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2013-03-05 12:25:28 PM
6 votes:

Elandriel: If the name has "Scott" in it somewhere, they're probably an asshole.


He's no true Scott, man.
2013-03-05 12:26:12 PM
4 votes:

Generation_D: Is it government's job to protect the stupid from themselves?


Pretty much, yes. You should be very grateful, personally.
2013-03-05 12:30:45 PM
3 votes:
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2013-03-05 12:21:41 PM
3 votes:

LargeCanine: So?

We should stop treating people like children who need the gov't to act like a parent.


Yeah.  And if grandma wants to pay $400k for dance lessons, so be it.  Con men are just bootstrappy entrepreneurs.
2013-03-05 01:33:44 PM
2 votes:

navylostboy: ner'do wells


You mean "ne'er-do-wells", right?  Because as a nerdo, I take offense at being lumped in with folks like that.
2013-03-05 12:55:54 PM
2 votes:
His application is under review.
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2013-03-05 12:38:58 PM
2 votes:
The Pavlovian response is hilarious. "Scott Walker mentioned in article headline, must defend him!"

Next up, defend the guy who sold your kids ice cream topped with his semen. It's not the governments place to regulate what ingredients he uses or whether he has to disclose them. And if it's good enough for you, it's good enough for your kids!
2013-03-05 12:24:54 PM
2 votes:
Is he trying to go for some kind of dickhead record?
2013-03-05 12:15:39 PM
2 votes:
He just wants Wisconsin to be a "right-to-rent" state
2013-03-05 11:05:37 AM
2 votes:
If the name has "Scott" in it somewhere, they're probably an asshole.
2013-03-05 11:01:14 PM
1 votes:

LouDobbsAwaaaay: WI is dead.  Get out while you can.


Take Madison and Milwaukee with you.
2013-03-05 06:50:06 PM
1 votes:

you are a puppet: The Pavlovian response is hilarious. "Scott Walker mentioned in article headline, must defend him!"

Next up, defend the guy who sold your kids ice cream topped with his semen. It's not the governments place to regulate what ingredients he uses or whether he has to disclose them. And if it's good enough for you, it's good enough for your kids!


As long as that semen was extracted with the invisible hand of the free market, then it's just capitalism.
/ or maybe it's capitaljism?
2013-03-05 06:38:34 PM
1 votes:
Hey, it's free enterprise in action. Enterprises are free to fark people over as much as they want, and if people are too dumb to anticipate how very dishonest a business is, well, that's on them.

This is what politicians mean by "laissez-faire." That's French for "fark you, I got mine."
2013-03-05 04:43:40 PM
1 votes:

Phineas: Generation_D: Is it government's job to protect the stupid from themselves?

Pretty much came here to say this.   If you don't like the terms, don't sign the contract.  If the terms of the contract are ridiculous and the fees exorbitant , then people will stop utilizing the services.  People stop utilizing the service, company goes out of business.

If you want to change it, let capitalism play out.  If you run your business in such a way that makes it unattractive to consumers, you will go out of business.  If your customers are stupid, then you stand to rake in the $$$.

Government intervention on behalf of the stupid has become pretty standard though, which is why HURRPADEEDURRPADEE WOO WOO PLARF.


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2013-03-05 04:23:50 PM
1 votes:

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FTFY
2013-03-05 04:18:15 PM
1 votes:

Thunderpipes: Walker's legislation would spell out the exact cost, in ways stupid poor people can understand. Would cap the amount they could charge. Would get revenue from the businesses themselves.

How is this in any way at all, bad? It is better than it was. I wish liberals would think instead of cry.



How's that search for the REAL Obama birth certificate going?
2013-03-05 03:58:45 PM
1 votes:
Too Pretty For Prison:

I think the point here is taken well.  Apparently even Farkers, who are among the most intelligent and business-savvy users on the internet (not to mention damn good looking), can be confused by wording and simple math.

*drools on shirt*
2013-03-05 03:31:23 PM
1 votes:
About time you stepped up your game, Walker.  Easter's just around the corner.

/every time my brother visits Michigan from Wisconsin we have a "whose governor is being a bigger douchebag" contest.  He won on Christmas with the Right To Work crap and broke the nice "winning" streak I had going
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-03-05 03:27:37 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-05 03:13:26 PM
1 votes:
Easy solution.  Write out your terms and conditions in plain English.  Then put (Featured Partner) next to it and everyone will ignore it.
2013-03-05 02:48:44 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-05 12:46:05 PM
1 votes:

busy chillin': Dancin_In_Anson: optimistic_cynic: You mean a lottery in which they clearly disclose the odds of winning? Yes they do.

Which I'm sure is read as thoroughly as rent to own contracts.

Cry me a farking river.

Yep, because a lottery ticket costs a dollar at the register and then a few months later they send you a bill for $75.


And if you skip this week's jackpot, they come and take your couch.
2013-03-05 12:44:09 PM
1 votes:

you are a puppet: The Pavlovian response is hilarious. "Scott Walker mentioned in article headline, must defend him!"

Next up, defend the guy who sold your kids ice cream topped with his semen. It's not the governments place to regulate what ingredients he uses or whether he has to disclose them. And if it's good enough for you, it's good enough for your kids!


well, apparently that's totally fine because he'll eventually go out of business or something.
2013-03-05 12:43:21 PM
1 votes:

busy chillin': Dancin_In_Anson: optimistic_cynic: You mean a lottery in which they clearly disclose the odds of winning? Yes they do.

Which I'm sure is read as thoroughly as rent to own contracts.

Cry me a farking river.

Yep, because a lottery ticket costs a dollar at the register and then a few months later they send you a bill for $75.


Forget it Jake, It's Tardtown.
jvl
2013-03-05 12:38:29 PM
1 votes:
Oh God, are the liberals still whining about this guy?  Maybe they should try recalling him again.

/ Fondly
2013-03-05 12:35:27 PM
1 votes:

Generation_D: Is it government's job to protect the stupid from themselves?


Pretty much came here to say this.   If you don't like the terms, don't sign the contract.  If the terms of the contract are ridiculous and the fees exorbitant , then people will stop utilizing the services.  People stop utilizing the service, company goes out of business.

If you want to change it, let capitalism play out.  If you run your business in such a way that makes it unattractive to consumers, you will go out of business.  If your customers are stupid, then you stand to rake in the $$$.

Government intervention on behalf of the stupid has become pretty standard though, which is why liberals have flourished.
2013-03-05 12:31:28 PM
1 votes:

Ring of Fire: Every time I see a picture of Scott Walker his hair makes his head look crooked, then all I can think about is that corner from Anna Nicole Smith.


Coroner
God damn auto correct.
2013-03-05 12:31:11 PM
1 votes:
To quote Governor Walker, "Muahaha."
2013-03-05 12:31:02 PM
1 votes:
When I sold cars to sub-prime lenders, the financial institutions we worked with took those debts into account when determining their credit, so I think they should be covered under that bill as I understand it. Yes, most of my customers fell into that category: poor, usually receiving some level of government assistance, and extremely math-challenged.

When they used to ask what the down payment would be and I'd tell them 10-20%, they all got this blank look on their faces. It used to be real fun to explain how an eight thousand dollar car could become closer to a twelve to fourteen thousand dollar car. For most, it didn't matter. They only planned on keeping the car for a few months anyway. Most would make one or two payments and then stopped paying, knowing they'd have another month or two before the car was repoed.

We had families that would go through this cycle that as each child reached the legal age, they'd start getting the utilities and stuff turned on in their names, as the previous sibling had defaulted. Same with cars. First mom, and then the oldest kids on down would finance a car for a few months, everybody in the house (and probably the block) would run 'em into the ground, and by the time the repo guys got hold of them they were ready for the scrap yard.

A year later, the next kid in line would show up looking for a car and the process continued. Lather, rinse, repeat...
2013-03-05 12:25:11 PM
1 votes:
So whom in his family owns these stores?
2013-03-05 12:19:33 PM
1 votes:

Apparently deciding that his application to join the League of Supervillians just wasn't strong enough; WI Gov. tries to sneak language into a budget bill that will make it easier for "rent to own" shops to rip off the mathematically illiterate


How about the regular illiterate?
2013-03-05 12:08:38 PM
1 votes:
Back in college I sold TVs at a now-defunct retailer -- we had a (at the time) massive 27" TV that sold for $699 -- with PA tax you were out the door for $740 or so.

A friend of mine got the exact same TV at the rent-to-own place for "just $20/week for 24 months." Yes, over $2,200 including tax.

The saddest part? He was only about three months from paying it off when he missed two payments and they came and repossessed it and he got nothing. When I say it was "saddest" it's because he was simply flabbergasted that such a thing could happen, as he didn't read his contract.

/Ripping Yard, Old Sod.
2013-03-05 11:40:36 AM
1 votes:
I remember back in school, a rent-to-own shop was at the heart of a case used for teaching about contracts that were invalid due to unconscionability. They're worse than pawn shops and payday loans.
2013-03-05 10:55:37 AM
1 votes:
No, Rick Scott has the market cornered on cartoonish super-villain governors.

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