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Man Rents Out iPhone 5 Cable in Exchange for Money, Coffee

This month's iPhone 5 release created a problem: Cords for the phone, which are different from previous Apple connection cables, are in short supply.

One poster on D.C.'s Craigslist sees a business opportunity therein: renting his cord to office workers who forgot theirs at home, in exchange for $15 an hour and coffee.

The unemployed poster got the idea because he wanted to make some money and meet fellow iPhone users at the same time. "My buddy Brian said to lower the price so you know what, I did," writes the poster. "Because it would be fun to hang out."

But if you're looking for some juice, you won't just need $15.

In what looks more and more like the set-up for an odd couple slacker comedy, you also need a place where he can hang out, and some good coffee...or at least decent coffee and some sugar (emphasis added)

- Must have a place for me to sit in or near your office (I work from my computer and iPad and need something to do for an hour).
- Must have WiFi I can connect to.
- Must promise to not break or steal my cable. It's the only one I have and it will not only make me sad but then I'll have no way to charge my phone.
- .. I think that's it for now. Oh, you must have coffee in your office. If it's not good coffee, that's ok, just make sure you have some cream and sugar too.

But this relationship isn't just all give and no take. The local cord man will also bring reading material. "Like a magazine, National Geographic, Wired, New York, or maybe you want a Diet Mountain Dew," he writes. "Let me know and if I have it at home, I'll bring it in."

So accommodating!

Via the D.C. subreddit. Photo via Flickr user smjb used under a Creative Commons license

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  • http://widness.blogspot.com/ Widness

    Thanks for surfacing this.

    Would like to see more fun posts like this and less complaining about Uber promotions.

  • Will Sommer

    Glad you liked the post. I see your point on Uber posts, bu hey, gotta keep the blog machine running. People aren't coming up with tech gadget cottage industries everyday!

    But if they are...wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • http://chrisunwired.com Chris

    Are they really in short supply? Or are they just over-priced and only available from over-busy Apple retail stores?

    This was the display this last Sunday at Pentagon City Mall's Apple Store:

    http://twitpic.com/axnj4w

    ($19 each)

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    A modern-day Horatio Alger series...?

    Now this is the American Dream alive and well!

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