Talk About a Cheap Meal!

Posted: July 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

Microsoft, in conjunction with Feeding America, is trying to fight hunger through the “Browser for the Better” campaign. According to Microsoft’s press release, it works like this:

“For every completed download of Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft’s Browser for the Better campaign (running today through Aug. 8, 2009*) will donate the financial equivalent of eight meals to Feeding America’s network of 206 local food banks, which supplies food to more than 25 million Americans each year.”

Sounds great, right? Too bad it’s a major crock! Here’s the fine print:

“* Only complete downloads of Internet Explorer 8 through http://www.browserforthebetter.com from June 8, 2009, through Aug. 8, 2009, qualify for the charitable donation to Feeding AmericaTM. Microsoft is donating $1.15 per download to Feeding AmericaTM, up to a maximum of $1,000,000. Meals are used for illustrative purposes only. Meal conversion is effective until June 30, 2010.”

I had to do a double take when I first read that. Microsoft, in their extraordinary generosity, has decided that the value of 8 meals is $1.15. WTF?!? That boils down to 14.375 cents per meal. Are you kidding?!? Where the hell can you get a meal for 14.375 cents? Fucking morons! With all the money that Microsoft has you’d think that they could at least donate the actual dollar equivalent of 8 meals, not the paltry $1.15 that they came up with. And seriously, how in the hell did they come up with that figure? I’d love to know. Anybody that bothers to read the fine print can see right through this bullshit. This is nothing more than Microsoft trying to get as many people as possible to download their crappy browser. A total publicity stunt. And a pathetic one at that.

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