A phone home: N.Y. teens pay valet to store devices

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  1. sobore
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    http://thetandd.com/lifestyles/oran...cle_8fdbba04-0f3d-11e2-b17e-001a4bcf887a.html

    Thousands of teenagers who can’t take their cellphones to school have another option, courtesy of a burgeoning industry of sorts in always-enterprising New York City: paying a dollar a day to leave it in a truck that’s parked nearby.

    Students might resent an expense that adds up to as much as $180 a year, but even so, leaving a phone at one of the trucks in the morning and then picking it up at the end of the day has become as routine for city teenagers as getting dressed and riding the morning-rush subway.
    “Sometimes it’s a hassle because not everyone can afford it,” said Kelice Charles, a freshman at Gramercy Arts High School in Manhattan. “But then again, it’s a living.”

    Cellphones and other devices, such as iPods and iPads, are banned in all New York City public schools, but the rule is widely ignored except in the 88 buildings that have metal detectors. Administrators at schools without detectors tell students, “If we don’t see it, we don’t know about it.”
    Schools where violence is considered a risk have metal detectors to spot weapons, but they also spot phones. They include the Washington Irving Educational Complex in the bustling Union Square area, a cluster of small high schools housed in a massive century-old building that used to be one big high school.

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    This may be taking "travel" tech a bit far..... :)
     
  3. viguera
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    Yep... I know quite a few people whose kids do this. It makes sense because at the end of the day a cell phone can come in very handy in an emergency, but it's still a potential distraction to have in school, so someone recognized the market and came up with a solution.

    Of course crooks will also recognize an opportunity, which is why there have been a few attempts to rob these things and do away with the money and the loot. :)
     
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    I thought about the 'heist' angle too, but then I realized.. stealing a truck that has hundreds of phones in it.. many of which are tracked with GPS.. sounds like a bad idea. Better just to take the cash. :D
     
  5. LarryInNYC

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    Both my daughters take cell phones to school every day. Everyone knows about it, as long as they're not used during the school day, no one cares.

    I once had to pick up emergency passport renewals for my wife and daughter the day before we were leaving for Holland. I got to the the passport office on Varick Street and realized I had my Swiss Army knife with me and that I wouldn't be able to get in the building with it. So I left it with a guy in the coffee cart on the corner. I don't think he'd every gotten a request like that before.
     

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