October 4, 2012
NY teens pay valets to store their phones while in school
Thousands of New York City teenagers who can't bring their cellphones to school pay a dollar a day to leave their device in a privately operated truck parked near their school. The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The expense can add up to $180 a year but most students say it's worth it.
Cellphones are banned in all New York City public schools, but the rule is widely ignored except in schools with metal detectors.
Outside those schools, entrepreneurs park trucks and students line up to drop off devices before class and get them back at the end of the day.
The businesses are not foolproof. One truck was held up in the Bronx in June and some 200 students lost their phones.
-- Brighton Beach deli in Brooklyn charged $1 each to baby-sit kids' phones and gadgets during school hours (2006).
-- To avoid distractions, high school across South Africa have been installing safes, to store and lock away, students cell phones and ipods during class hours (2007).
-- After months of outrage over a ban on cell phones in the nation's largest school system, officials are exploring whether to install special lockers outside schools to store the devices (2007).
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