June 20, 2012
NY city’s controversial ban on cellphones in schools has persuaded kids to leave their devices at a stranger’s home
New York city’s controversial ban on cellphones in schools has persuaded some kids to leave their devices at home — a stranger’s home! The New York Post reports.
Dozens of students at the former Bushwick HS campus have been paying $1 per day to store their phones at an alumnus’ apartment — just down the street from the Brooklyn campus.
Academy of Urban Planning graduate Giovanni Monserrate — known affectionately as either “Gio” or “The Mayor” — has padded his income as a Broadway usher by serving as a cellphone-storage site for between 30 and 100 teens daily over the last seven years.
He said that he used to provide the service for free when he was a student but that he had to start charging after the operation got too unwieldy.
... The fly-by-night phone-storage industry — which includes trucks, bodegas and a number of private homes and apartments — leaves students on the hook for more than $4 million per year.
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Previously: - Storing schoolkids’ banned cells is big biz
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