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August 13, 2011
Goodbye, Jonathan’s Card: After a day in which a cool experiment got co-opted by some jerk, Starbucks shut the social experiment down. The worst part? Apparently, Sam Odio’s brother Daniel Odio was shoving money onto the card. And he owns a startup, too. In other words, two dudes decided to use something purely meant as a pay-it-forward act of kindness as a way to promote their startups. Lame. 

Goodbye, Jonathan’s Card: After a day in which a cool experiment got co-opted by some jerk, Starbucks shut the social experiment down. The worst part? Apparently, Sam Odio’s brother Daniel Odio was shoving money onto the card. And he owns a startup, too. In other words, two dudes decided to use something purely meant as a pay-it-forward act of kindness as a way to promote their startups. Lame. 

0:08 // 2 years ago
August 12, 2011

Guy subverts clever Starbucks Card experiment, because he’s a jerk

  • cool Mobile developer Jonathan Stark came up with this interesting idea called Jonathan’s Card, to allow people to let people buy other people coffee from Starbucks, as a social experiment. The experiment took off and drew massive media coverage, and roughly $8,700 has been spent through the card so far. Pretty good for a clever idea.
  • lame Another developer, Sam Odio, decided that this idea wasn’t interesting enough for him, so he decided to siphon money off the card using a script that transferred the funds to his own Starbucks card, which he plans to sell on eBay for charity. Hey Sam, whatever your point may be, could you not be a jerk about it? source

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15:17 // 2 years ago